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Polychaetes from Fijian Coral Reefs

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Title:Polychaetes from Fijian Coral Reefs
Authors:Bailey-Brock, Julie H.
Date Issued:Apr 1985
Publisher:University of Hawai'i Press
Citation:Bailey-Brock JH. 1985. Polychaetes from Fijian coral reefs. Pac Sci 39(2): 195-220.
Abstract:Nineteen polychaete species belonging to five families, and representatives
of two others not identified to species, are recorded from Viti Levu,
Fiji. Most of the calcareous tubeworms (Serpulidae, Spirorbidae) were collected
from shallow patch reefs in the Mba Passage off the northwest coast; the
remaining worms came from the intertidal region of Suva Harbor on the southeast
coast of Viti Levu. The tubeworms Spirobranchus giganteus corniculatus and
Floriprotis sabiuraensis were collected with live coral, and 12species were scraped
from coral rock. Extensive patches of a gregarious sabellariid occur in Suva
Harbor, and nereidids and spionids were found among the densely packed
sabellariid tubes. Polychaetes in this collection are most similar to faunas of
eastern Australia, Japan, Hawaii, and Tonga, and least similar to those of the
Societies, Marquesas, and Tuamotus. These faunal affinities show a west to east
trend reflecting Ekman's rule, but could also be explained on the basis of sampling
Appears in Collections: Pacific Science Volume 39, Number 2, 1985

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