[Annelida] Any ideas as to what this is???
(by wormlab from hawaii.edu)
Tue Aug 14 15:14:23 EST 2012
Your specimen possesses a proventriculus so is therefore family Syllidae.
Smooth tentacular cirri and basally fused palps (at least as far as I
can tell) so is therefore subfamily Eusyllinae
Straight pharynx armed with a single tooth...
Therefore, based on your pictures you have, I believe, either:
1. genus Pionosyllis
2. genus Eusyllis
Without close-ups of setae and details of rim of pharynx I think that's
as far as I can go.
Others connected with this mailing group will certainly be able to give
you more precise identification than I can (and double-check my
suggestions) but that should be a starting direction for your researches.
All the best,
Mr. Bryn Villers
Wormlab of Julie Bailey-Brock, Ph.D.
University of Hawai'i at Ma-noa
1960 East-West Road
Honolulu, Hawai'i 96822
wormlab from hawaii.edu
On 8/14/2012 9:04 AM, mikegravy from gmail.com wrote:
> Hi list,
> Just curious if anyone has any clue what the attached pics are of?
> Sorry about the quality of the pics. They are approximately 2 cm long
> and were found infesting the skin of some cultured sea cucumber's here
> in South Africa. These photos are 10x magnification and in the one pic
> you can see a juvenile "hatching". Any ideas would be appreciated
> I've got no clue to where to even start looking as to what they are :)
> Thanks in advance
> Mike Gray
> South Africa
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