Observations of the echiuran worm Bonellia viridis in the deep basin of the northern Evoikos Gulf, Greece

David Hughes, S J Marrs, C. Smith, R J A Atkinson

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Abstract

Towed underwater TV observations at 440 m in the northern Evoikos Gulf, Greece, revealed a soft mud plain heavily bioturbated by the thalassinidean Calocaris macandreae, with Callianassa subterranea and Nephrops norvegicus also present. Ejecta mounds and feeding traces indicated the presence of a large echiuran, provisionally identified as Maxmuelleria gigas. The locality also supported a dense population of a second echiuran, Bonellia viridis, a species not previously recorded as an inhabitant of sedimentary environments.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-363
Number of pages3
JournalJ MAR BIOL ASSOC UK
Volume79
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

Keywords

  • Marine & Freshwater Biology
  • SEA

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