A new method to determine the reproductive condition in female tubeworms tested in Seepiophila jonesi (Polychaeta : Siboglinidae : Vestimentifera)

Ana Hilario, Paul A. Tyler, David W. Pond

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Abstract

Vestimentiferan tubeworms are significant members of deep-sea chemosynthetically-driven communities, including hydrothermal vents and cold seeps. The reproductive condition in this taxon is rarely studied because of sampling constraints inherent to these environments, and the lack of a simple methodology to quantify gonad development in vestimentiferans. We demonstrate that the amount of gonad found in the first 10 mm of trunk can be used as representative of the reproductive condition of the individual, and we establish a linear relationship between the amount of gonad and the proportion of wax ester in the trunk of female vestimentiferans. This relationship represents a new method for the determination of the reproductive condition in this group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)909-912
Number of pages4
JournalJournal Of The Marine Biological Association Of The United Kingdom
Volume88
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2008

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