Getting polychaetes to chill out

Sean Handley s.handley at
Thu Jan 25 21:41:09 EST 2001

Hi Kelly
I've used Phenoxyethanol to relax spionids (adults + larvae) and found it 
good to work with for photography etc.  McKay (1970) has a recipe for 
mixing it with freshwater which you then dilute with seawater + your 
animals.  It seems to lose its potency over time if you mix it directly with 
seawater and store it.   

McKay, C. R., and D. J. Hartzband. 1970. Propylene 
phenoxetol: narcotic agent for unsorted benthic 
invertebrates. Trans.Amer.Microsc.Soc.of the 
American Microscopic Society 89: 53-54.

Regards... Sean

Dr Sean Handley      Marine Ecologist
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research
(NIWA) P.O. Box 893, Nelson, New Zealand
Ph (64 03)5481715    DDI (64 03) 545 7735
Fax (64 03)5481716

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