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Free Content A Remarkable Association Between Ophionereis Reticulata (Say) and Harmothoe Lunulata (Delle Chiaje)

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An association between the two forms is described. The associated animals were found on sand beneath a submerged stone on the shore near Kingston, Jamaica. The polychaete showed adaptation in its color pattern, which closely resembled that of the brittle star, and in its behavior, in clinging to its mate and seeking it out when they were separated. It would not associate with other species of ophiuroid. The ophiuroid showed adaptation in that its movements appeared to foster the association. Both forms were markedly negatively phototaxic.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 1953

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