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Marine Biology

, Volume 106, Issue 3, pp 409–412 | Cite as

Reproductive behaviour ofNereis diversicolor (Annelida: Polychaeta)

  • H. D. Bartels-Hardege
  • E. Zeeck
Article

Abstract

Nereis diversicolor O. F. Müller, collected on the tidal flats of the Jadebusen (North Sea, FRG) in autumn 1987 and 1988, was exposed to different temperatures in the laboratory. Results indicated that maturation was induced by temperatures above 6°C; spawning in early spring was synchronized by raising temperatures after a period of low temperatures in winter, and occurred mainly at new and full moon. During reproduction the female stays inside the burrow; the male releases sperm in front of it; the resultant larvae remain in the tube for 10 to 14 d protected by the female.

Keywords

Early Spring Polychaeta Tidal Flat Reproductive Behaviour Full Moon 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. D. Bartels-Hardege
    • 1
  • E. Zeeck
    • 1
  1. 1.University of OldenburgOldenburgFRG

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