[Annelida] inking in alciopids

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Mon Mar 2 20:26:26 EST 2009

Hi Mikhail,

I didn't know of this ability. But as it is in Google's database you will have seen the 1975 reference below. I mention it for others as a starter point for any earlier references.

Hamner, W.M.; Madin, L.P.; Alldredge, A.L.; Gilmer, R.W.; Hamner, P.P. (1975). Underwater observations of gelatinous zooplankton: sampling problems, feeding biology, and behavior. Limnology and Oceanography 20(6): 907-917.  http://aslo.org/lo/toc/vol_20/issue_6/0907.pdf

p.915 "several alciopid polychaetes that released reddish-brown streamers of pigment as they swam away"

Tomopterid bioluminescence is apparently mentioned in Herring, P.J. 1987. Systematic distribution of bioluminescence in living organisms. J.
Biolum. Chemilum. 1 :147-163.


>>> On 3/03/2009 at 1:37 p.m., mikhail matz <matz from mail.utexas.edu> wrote:
> Dear colleagues,
> I am looking for references on inking in acyopids. This remarkable  
> phenomenon seems to be common knowledge among blue-water divers, but  
> proves to be surprisingly difficult to trace in the literature. I am  
> now writing a review about animal fluorescence, and want to see if  
> anybody described what I observed - fluorescent ink in some alcyopids  
> (would look pale yellow in a collection jar in daylight). If not  
> that, I would tremendously appreciate references to any kind of  
> defensive inking in these cute worms.
> best,
> Misha
> Mikhail V. Matz
> University of Texas at Austin
> Integrative Biology Section
> 1 University station C0930
> Austin, TX 78712
> phone 512-992-8086 cell, 512-475-6424 lab
> fax 512-471-3878
> web http://www.bio.utexas.edu/research/matz_lab 


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