Polygordius specimens

Patricia Ramey ramey at marine.rutgers.edu
Tue May 17 14:57:12 EST 2005


Dear Annelida, 

I am working on a revision of Polygoriidae in collaboration with Dr. Fiege, 
Senckenberg museum, Frankfurt. This group is badly in need of revision and 
unfortunately we are finding that the majority of type specimens have either 
been lost or were never deposited in the first place.  Therefore, we are 
asking for help in locating and collecting fresh and/or preserved material; as 
we would also like to include a genetic component to the revision. We are 
looking for specimens from anywhere, however, below I’ve included a list of 
“type” localities essential for this project and for which we have no or very 
little material  for. Polygordius is usually found in coarse sands and can be 
collected both intertidally (at low tide) or subtidally (usually 1-6m for 
types). I am also willing to aid in paying  for postage where necessary. We 
would especially like to get material from the Japan and India locations below 
as each location contains 2 type species and both can be collected 
intertidally. Any help or information you may be able to provide is greatly 
appreciated. Thank you.  

Type locality list

Bay of Baia, (close to Naples), Mediterranean,  subtidal several meters depth
Roscoff, France, subtidal
Island of São Sebastião, 100 km east of Santo, South America, intertidal
Near Trieste, located on the extreme north of the Adriatic Sea, subtidal
Baie de Saint-Vincent, Nouvelle-Calédonie, subtidal 
**Misaki Marine Biological Laboratory, Tokyo, Japan, located near extremity of 
Miura Peninsula  **intertidal at lowest tide mark (2 species present)
**Madras beach, Indian coast (intertidal, a little above half tide level) (2 
species present)
The point of Beg-Meil near Concarneau, France
Bight of Sebastopol, close to St. Georgius monastery


Sincerely,

Patricia Ramey
PhD student
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences, Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
Advisor F. Grassle

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