Ophryotrocha maculata Åkesson, 1973, Akesson, 1973

Wiklund, Helena, Glover, Adrian G. & Dahlgren, Thomas G., 2009, Three new species of Ophryotrocha (Annelida: Dorvilleidae) from a whale-fall in the North-East Atlantic, Zootaxa 2228, pp. 43-56: 51

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Ophryotrocha maculata Åkesson, 1973


Ophryotrocha maculata Åkesson, 1973  

Material examined: Northern North Atlantic, coastal Skagerrak, 58 ° 53.1 ’ N; 11 ° 06.4’ E. Specimens recovered from minke whale bones in experimental aquarium tanks.

Remarks: As with Palpiphitime lobifera   this species was abundant on the whale bones. Both species have been described from anthropogenically enriched sediments such as pulp mill discharge. The discovery of dense populations of these two species actively feeding on mat-forming filamentous bacteria at whale falls suggest that they are important species for ecosystem function in terms of the degradation of high molecular weight organic compounds.