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Culture of Marine Polychaetes

  • J. Sesh Serebiah

Abstract

The Polychaeta or polychaetes are a class of annelid worms, generally marine. Each body segment has a pair of fleshy protrusions called parapodia that bear many bristles, called chaetae, which are made of chitin. Indeed, polychaetes are sometimes referred to as bristle worms. More than 10,000 species are described in this class. Common representatives include the lugworm (Arenicola marina) and the sandworm or clam worm Nereis. Polychaetes as a class are robust and widespread, with species that live in the coldest ocean temperatures of the abyssal plain, to forms which tolerate the extreme high temperatures near hydrothermal vents.

Keywords

Culture Vessel Artificial Seawater Abyssal Plain Sperm Suspension Polychaete Species 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Marine Studies and Coastal Resources ManagementMadras Christian CollegeTambaram, ChennaiIndia

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