, Volume 3, Issue 2, pp 148–149 | Cite as

Nocturnal swimming ofScolecolepides viridis (Polychaeta: Spionidae)

  • Daniel M. Dauer
  • R. Michael Ewing
  • Gary H. Tourtellotte
  • H. Russell Barker
Short Papers and Notes


AdultScolecolepides viridis were collected by nocturnal plankton tows in the Lafayette River, Norfolk, Virginia. All adults (40–70 mm) were filled with ripe gametes. Swimming individuals were collected only at night on ebb tides. Large (36–60 setigers) post-metamorphic worms were also collected in the plankton. The occurrence of down estuary adult movement is used to explain paradoxical information concerning this species within estuary distribution and early development.


Paradoxical Information Ripe Gamete Spionid Polychaete Nocturnal Movement High Salinity Region 
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© Estuarine Research Federation 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel M. Dauer
    • 1
  • R. Michael Ewing
    • 1
  • Gary H. Tourtellotte
    • 2
  • H. Russell Barker
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biological SciencesOld Dominion UniversityNorfolk
  2. 2.Institute of OceanographyOld Dominion UniversityNorfolk
  3. 3.Department of Biological SciencesOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkVirginia

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