New Record of Branchiostoma lanceolatum (Pallas)


Branchiostoma lanceolatum (= Amphioxus lanceolatus) appears to be generally distributed round the coasts of Britain but very few areas are known where it can be obtained in any number. The Eddystone ground in the English Channel is well known1,2 and specimens, mostly single, have been caught in the Bristol Channel3, Irish Sea4 and Firth of Clyde5–7.

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    Plymouth Marine Fauna, third ed. (Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 1957).

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    Smith, J. E., J. Mar. Biol. Assoc., U. K., 18, 243 (1932).

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    Bassindale, R., and Barrett, J. H., Proc. Bristol Nat. Hist. Soc., 29, 227 (1957).

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    Bruce, J. R., Colman, J. S., and Jones, N. S., L.M.B.C., Mem., No. 36 (1963).

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    Elliott, G. F. S., Laurie, M., and Murdoch, J. B., Fauna, Flora and Geology of the Clyde Area (Local Committee for meeting of British Association, Glasgow, 1901).

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    Chumley, J., Fauna of Clyde Sea Area (University Press, Glasgow, 1918).

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    Lindsay, A., Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist., 1 (1857).

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    Admiralty, chart, No. 3146, Loch Ewe.

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MAUCHLINE, J. New Record of Branchiostoma lanceolatum (Pallas). Nature 206, 1063 (1965) doi:10.1038/2061063a0

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