[Annelida] Hobsonia florida
(by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Mon Sep 17 23:16:12 EST 2007
Chris Fishel wrote:
> I recently found some specimens of /Hobsonia florida / in samples from
> the Lehigh River near Palmerton , PA. How common of an occurrence is
> this? Its quite far (200+miles) from the coast, although it is
> connected by the Delaware River . Any input would be appreciated.
My contribution isn't worth much because I have experience with neither
freshwater Ampharetidae nor with Hobsonia florida, but it seems a little
unusual to me. From what info I have access to I have the impression H.
florida, while likely present 'nearby' in Chesapeake Bay and Delaware
Bay, would not range much beyond the upper estuarine environment. I
couldn't immediately see any literature indicating it was known in real
freshwater in the USA. There are other ampharetids elsewhere such as the
Pontocaspian Hypania invalida that do occur in freshwater.
Someone here may have access to this:
Zottoli, R. A. 1966: Life history, morphology, and salinity tolerance of
the ampharetid polychaete Amphicteis floridus Hartman 1951. Ph.D.
thesis. University of New Hampshire
Geoff Read <g.read from niwa.co.nz>
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