[Annelida] Chaetopterus -- captivity

Scott Jones via annelida%40net.bio.net (by msjoneser from gmail.com)
Tue Mar 27 16:42:39 EST 2007


Hello:

  I pulled a lovely specimen of Chaetopterus from intertidal muds this
morning.  I thought it was an Onuphid (Diopatra) while I was digging it up
and was a little surprised that I was able to keep from breaking the tube.
Once I cut it open, however, I was very surprised to find this interesting
guy.  We even took it into a dark room and made it glow a little!

  Anyway, now it is sitting in large glass dish in a flow-through seawater
tank and I was wondering if anyone knows whether or not it will stay alive
this way.  Am I better off just preserving it in formalin or will it make a
fun pet for a while?

thanks
Scott Jones
Smithsonian Marine Station, Fort Pierce
www.sms.si.edu
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