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A Coral-eating Polychæte

Nature volume 193, page 598 (10 February 1962) | Download Citation

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A VARIETY of polychætous annelids are known to be associated with coral reefs. Most of them dwell in interstices of the rock beneath the living surface of the reef and undoubtedly contribute, in some degree, to the eventual destruction of the reef. Other invertebrates, polychætes, crustaceans and others live at the surface, in close association with the live coral1. With the exception of some reef-dwelling fish, however, predators of the living coral have generally been considered non-existent2.

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    , The Invertebrates, 1, 615 (McGraw-Hill, New York, 1940).

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    , Geol. Soc. Amer. Mem., 67, 612 (1957).

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  1. Department of Zoology, McGill University, Montreal.

    • JOAN R. MARSDEN

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