[Annelida] Fwd: Marphysa sanguinea life history
(by gread from actrix.gen.nz)
Fri May 1 23:26:00 EST 2009
Posted on behalf of Richard Lord <fishinfo from guernsey.net>
From: Richard Lord <fishinfo from guernsey.net>
Date: 1 May 2009 14:31:50 BST
To: annelida from magpie.bio.indiana.edu
Subject: Marphysa sanguinea life history
Over the last eight years I have witnessed heavy harvesting pressure
of Marphysa sanguinea in local bays for use as fishing bait.
I would like to find out if the harvesting of Marphysa sanguinea in
local bays is sustainable.
I would appreciate receiving general information on the life history
and ecology of this species.
Some of the questions I am seeking answers for are:
What is the longevity of Marphysa sanguinea?
How old it is when it first breeds and how many years does it breed
How long do the larvae stay in the water column before settling to
the sea bed and how widely dispersed can they be before settling to
I wish to know whether transplanting of this species from nearby
areas has been tried to repopulate a shore?
I have a photograph of the species here:
Large numbers of individuals are dug up in our local bays:
Our specimens grow to a length of about 60 cm:
I have searched the Internet and found a few abstracts but I do not
have a local library available to provide me with any journals.
Thank you for the help you can provide.
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