|Taxonomic and biological notes on a species of Iphitime (Polychaeta, Eunicida) associated with Pagurus prideaux from western Norway|
Høisaeter, T.; Samuelsen, T.J. (2006). Taxonomic and biological notes on a species of Iphitime (Polychaeta, Eunicida) associated with Pagurus prideaux from western Norway. Mar. Biol. Res. 2(5): 333-354
In: Marine Biology Research. Taylor & Francis: Oslo; Basingstoke. ISSN 1745-1000, more
Associated species; Iphitime Marenzeller, 1902 [WoRMS]; Iphitime paguri Fage & Legendre, 1934 [WoRMS]; Pagurus bernhardus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]; Pagurus prideaux Leach, 1815 [WoRMS]; ANE, Norway, Raunefjord [Marine Regions]; Marine
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- Høisaeter, T.
- Samuelsen, T.J.
On the basis of 658 specimens collected over an 11 year period, the symbiotic eunicid polychaete, Iphitime paguri Fage & Legendre, 1934, is redescribed, and its biology in its presumed preferred host, Pagurus prideaux Leach, 1815, is outlined. The main ecological part is based on sampling of Pagurus on five occasions throughout a year in Raunefjorden, southwest of Bergen. Iphitime paguri turned out to have a strong sexual dimorphism, both in outer appearance and in the morphology of the jaws. Both juveniles and mature individuals of both genders are described. The infestation rate of Pagurus prideaux was very high (as opposed to the low reported infestation rate in Pagurus bernhardus, generally regarded as the host of this species) and the symbiotic polychaetes turned out to have a distinct pattern of host utilization in different life stages. Ripe males and females were, at certain times of the year, generally found more or less intertwined in the apex of the gastropod shell inhabited by its host. Small larval stages were found in the same place. Intermediate size groups were found in the gill chamber and in a sulcus on the carapax of the pagurid host.