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[Annelida] Re: Marine Annelid from Jersey

Joao Gil via annelida%40net.bio.net (by gil from ceab.csic.es)
Thu Mar 4 15:03:32 EST 2010

Dear Paul,

The worm you found is probably a Claparedepelogenia inclusa (Claparède  
1868) or a Pelogenia arenosa (Delle Chiaje 1830), but quite this  
second one. Maybe you can confirm this by using one the following  

BARNICH, R. & D. FIEGE. 2003. The Aphroditoidea (Annelida: Polychaeta)  
of the Mediterranean Sea. Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen  
Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main, 559: 1-167. (see  
Plate 2 photo 6).

PETTIBONE, M.H. 1997. Revision of the sigalionid species (Polychaeta)  
referred to Psammolyce Kinberg, 1856, Pelogenia Schmarda, 1861, and  
belonging to the subfamily Pelogeniinae Chamberlin, 1919. Smithsonian  
Contributions to Zoology, 581: 1-89.

You can find a pdf of Pettibone’s paper available at the website of  
the Smithsonian Institution, or just by clicking in the following link:


I hope this helps!

Best regards,



João Gil
Carrer d'accés a la Cala Sant Francesc, 14
Email: gil from ceab.csic.es
Telef. (34) 972.33.61.01
Fax: (34) 972.33.78.06

De: annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu  
[mailto:annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu] En nombre de Paul Chambers
Enviado el: jueves, 04 de marzo de 2010 13:49
Para: annelida from magpie.bio.indiana.edu
Asunto: [Annelida] Re: Marine Annelid from Jersey

Dear All,

I am an amateur marine zoologist on the British Channel Island of  
Jersey about 100 km south of the English coast and 20km from the  
French Normandy coast. My main interests are molluscs and crustaceans  
but on Tuesday I came across a polychaete worm the like of which I  
have not seen before and which I have not been able to identify using  
the limited literature I have available to me. I am hoping that  
someone on the list might be able to help out.

The worm was 22cm long and living in fully marine, loose muddy gravel  
close to an area of eelgrass (Z. marina) located at the lowest point  
of a very big spring tide. Also in the area were a number of  
Chaetopterus tubes and a very long species of Glycera (G. gigantea?).  
The mystery worm caught my attention because it was so wide and  
robust. It curled itself into a knot when disturbed but when  
straightened it had a flattened body shape. The upper surface was  
rough and looked leathery (almost fibrous) with a series of ridges  
running from the central line to the outside egde (possibly in a  
'herring bone' pattern). Underneath it looked like a large Nereid.  
There were a series of wide scales running along the edge of the head  
region. Having been bitten by large worms before, I handled it rather  
carefully but it was very robust and active.

I did not collect the animal but have put some pictures on this  
website: http://www.paulchambers.eu/Karame2Mar2010B.jpg

Any thoughts on this will be gratefully received.

With best wishes,

Paul Chambers
paulmchambers from hotmail.com

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