New tubeworm species discovery in the Netherlands


The new tubeform species, photo by Marco Faasse

Translated from the marine biologists of Stichting ANEMOON in the Netherlands:

Among Dutch coastal waters, the Oosterschelde is a special place. The diversity of habitats and species is very high, and the area is therefore very popular with scuba divers. During sampling near Yerseke Marco Faasse, marine biologist at the research center eCOAST, found tubeworms which were difficult to recognize. Not surprising, because further investigation revealed that the animal was unknown to science and should be described as a new species. The worm was named Bispira polyomma. Giangrande & Faasse, 2012. … The species has been described for the first time in the scientific journal Aquatic Invasions (Volume 7, online publ.: 08.02.2012).

Large tubeworms living in the cold depths of the Gulf of Mexico may be among the longest living animals in the world. The tubeworm species Escarpia laminata live around 100 to 200 years, while the longevity of some even stretches to the three century mark: here.

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