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The ignored but common nemertine Psammamphiporus elongatus from the Galician beaches (Spain), affected by the Prestige oil spill
Version of Record online: 3 JUN 2008
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Special Issue: Advances in sandy shore ecology: Proceedings of the fourth International Sandy Beach Symposium
Volume 29, Issue Supplement s1, pages 43–50, July 2008
How to Cite
Herrera-Bachiller, A., García-Corrales, P., Roldán, C. and Junoy, J. (2008), The ignored but common nemertine Psammamphiporus elongatus from the Galician beaches (Spain), affected by the Prestige oil spill. Marine Ecology, 29: 43–50. doi: 10.1111/j.1439-0485.2007.00199.x
- Issue online: 3 JUN 2008
- Version of Record online: 3 JUN 2008
- prestige oil spill;
- Psammamphiporus elongatus
Nemerteans have been recorded in several studies of the sandy beaches, but usually these specimens have been only regarded as members of the Phylum, with no attempt at identification at any taxonomic level. This lack of identification is partly because of the sampling procedures used to collect beach macroinfauna. Nemerteans are fragile and need special care. They must be isolated and observed in vivo before using histological procedures, which must be employed for the taxonomical studies. This study deals with a sandy beach hoplonemertean, Psammamphiporus elongatus (Stephenson 1911), only known for seven specimens from the Firth of Clyde (UK). This species is recorded for the first time from the Galician sandy beaches (NW Spain) where it reaches its maximum abundance. The species is described and illustrated and new data on its morphology and ecology are provided. The species was apparently affected by the ‘Prestige’ oil spill, and would be a good indicator of beach quality.