First record of the rare deep-sea polychaete Rhamphobrachium (Rhamphobrachium) agassizii (Annelida: Onuphidae) in European waters

Andrés Arias*, Hannelore Paxton

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    Abstract

    Rhamphobrachium (Rhamphobrachium) agassizii is reported from the Cantabrian Sea, Spain, from depths of 925-1207 m. This is its first record off the Iberian Peninsula and in European waters, representing its northernmost distribution in the North Atlantic Ocean to date. Previous reports of R. (R.) agassizii from the eastern and western North Atlantic demonstrate its apparent amphi-Atlantic distribution, which appears consistent with the distribution of the main Atlantic currents. It is a typical deep-water species with its deepest record at 2165 m from the Azores archipelago. The specimens were collected singly at two stations, attesting to the rarity of the species in contrast to its congener R. (Spinigerium) brevibrachiatum which was the most dominant polychaete species in a previous study.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)719-724
    Number of pages6
    JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
    Volume100
    Issue number5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2020

    Keywords

    • Atlantic Ocean
    • Avilés Canyon Systems
    • Bay of Biscay
    • Biodiversity
    • El Cachucho
    • Le Danois Bank
    • Tube-worm

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