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Occurrence of Phyllochaetopterus claparedii McIntosh in the North-east Pacific

Nature volume 192, pages 12081209 (23 December 1961) | Download Citation

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THE waters near the Friday Harbor Laboratories of the University of Washington have been extensively dredged in recent years. It was of some interest, therefore, that a solitary Phyllochaetopterus of relatively large size was brought up from 22 fathoms over a muddy bottom just south of Orcas Island on August 26, 1960, with Forster's anchor dredge1. The specimen proved to be identical with the description of Phyllochaetopterus claparedii by McIntosh2 found off Kobe, Japan. It has been recorded since only by Fauvel3 from Cam Ranh and Tourane Annam (Vietnam). Treadwell's4 specimens from Porto Rico are only doubtfully attributed to this species. The specimen from Friday Harbor had a pale yellow colour when alive apart from the grey-green gut, and was found in a transparent horny tube about 1 m. in length which was only faintly ringed (not jointed) distally and about 4 mm. across, comparable in size with the largest specimens found by Fauvel from Cam Ranh.

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  1. Department of Zoology, Bedford College, London, N.W.1.

    • R. PHILLIPS DALES

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