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A dwarf Spadella (Chaetognatha) from Bora Bay (Miyako Island, Japan)
Casanova, J.-P.; Perez, Y. (2000). A dwarf Spadella (Chaetognatha) from Bora Bay (Miyako Island, Japan). Cah. Biol. Mar. 41(2): 137-141
In: Cahiers de Biologie Marine. Station Biologique de Roscoff: Paris. ISSN 0007-9723, more
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  • Casanova, J.-P.
  • Perez, Y.

    A new benthic chaetognath, Spadella boucheri sp. nov., is described from Bora Bay, Miyako Island, near Okinawa (Japan). It is presently the smallest known species of the phylum. Its small size and the narrowness of its lateral fins suggest that it could live between the sand grains of the superficial substrate, a behaviour that had been previously hypothesized for a Spadella from the European waters. The problem of endemism of chaetognaths living in semi-closed bays of islands scattered in the open ocean is discussed.

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