[Annelida] Cannibalism

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Mon Nov 17 15:12:02 EST 2008


Patricia,

As you probably know adelphophagia ('brother eating') is the term for
the egg cannibalism common in Spionidae, especially within egg capsules
of Polydora and relatives, but other than that I can't see much comment
on the topic. It is also reported for nereidid larvae.  There is quite a
lot of literature on adelphophagia.

Marty, R.; Brenot, S.; Retiere, C.; Desrosiers, G. (1997). Premier cas
d'adelphophagie etudie chez les nereides (Annelides, Polychetes):
signification ecologique de ce comportement developpe par le Nereis
diversicolor (O. F. Muller). Canadian Journal of Zoology/Revue Canadien
de Zoologie 75(10): 1575-1584. 

Regarding other cannibalism, observed rather than inferred, this cite
is abstract only and refers to Ophiodromus pugettensis.
Vuturo, S.A.; Shuster, S.M. (2001). Sex change and cannibalism in Gulf
of California populations of a commensal polychaete. American Zoologist
41(6): 1616. 

Geoff Read  

>>> On 18/11/2008 at 7:13 a.m., "Patricia Lattig" <plattig from gmail.com>
wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> 
> I would like to know if anyone has information about cannibalism in
> Polychaetes, or have studied a specific case of it.
> I will appreciate any help.
> 
> Best Wishes
> 
> Patricia
> 
> ------------
> 
> Patricia Lattig
> PhD Candidate
> Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
> Ed. Biología (Zoología).
> Madrid-Spain
> patricia.lattig from uam.es 
> plattig from ceab.csic.es 


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