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Culloty, SC; Favier, E; Ni Riada, M; Ramsay, NF; O'Riordan, RM;
Journal of The Marine Biological Association of The United Kingdom
Reproduction of the biogenic reef-forming honeycomb worm Sabellaria alveolata in Ireland
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reproduction biogenic reef-forming honeycomb worm Sabellaria alveolata Ireland SETTLEMENT BEHAVIOUR POLYCHAETA LARVAE MATURATION COLONIES ANNELIDA ESTUARY FAUNA

The stage of development of the gametes of both male and female honeycomb worms Sabellaria alveolata (L.) was examined, using histology, over a 14-month period. Samples came from Howes Strand and Garrettstown, County Cork in south-west Ireland. A clear cycle of both male and female gametogenesis was evident, with a distinct peak in the summer (June-September) when the majority of them were ripe. During October-January a small proportion of males contained abundant spermatozoa, but no mature oocytes were found. Over the whole sampling period the ratio of males females was 1.4:1. Further south in Roches de la Fosse in France at the centre of its range, two spawnings and an even sex-ratio have been reported.

DOI 10.1017/S0025315409990932
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