a holoplanctonic Polychaeta

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Franz Neidl
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a holoplanctonic Polychaeta

Post by Franz Neidl »

Maybe somebody can help me for the identification. This polychaeta was 625 µm long. It did'nt have eyes. From its external form I concluded that it is a holoplanctonic (not meroplanctonic) animal.



Charles Krebs
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Post by Charles Krebs »

here is something about the "geometry " and composition in this shot that I really like!

Not a clue as to an ID however! :wink:

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Post by BJ »

Hi Franz,

I have no idea what this is...but I am tempted to think that it may be a reproductive stage of a syllid polychaete worm. They have a bizarre reproductive method. This blogpost gives a flavour... just the title gives a good idea of the bizarreness!

http://coo.fieldofscience.com/2009/05/m ... -swam.html

Another fascinating find - thank you!


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