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

Hilário, Ana; Tyler, Paul A.; Pond, David W.. 2008 A new method to determine the reproductive condition in female tubeworms tested in Seepiophila jonesi (Polychaeta: Siboglinidae: Vestimentifera). Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 88 (5). 909-912. 10.1017/S0025315408001586

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Abstract/Summary

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.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1017/S0025315408001586
Programmes: BAS Programmes > Other Special Projects
ISSN: 0025-3154
Additional Keywords: Vestimentifera; chemosynthetic ecosystems; reproductive condition; wax esters
NORA Subject Terms: Marine Sciences
Biology and Microbiology
Date made live: 14 Jan 2011 16:48
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/11515

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