FEATURED OKINAWAN MARINE INVERTEBRATE

Baseodiscus quinquelineatus Quoy & Gaimard, 1833 (size not recorded)

Featured Invertebrate Data

Taxonomy:

Frequency on Okinawa: Collection Data:
[brackets indicate range for all Okinawa-collected specimens of the species]


Species Account:

        Baseodiscus quinquelineatus, commonly referred to as the Five-lined Ribbon Worm is considered to be uncommon on Okinawa (four collected specimens as well as seeing perhaps an additional half dozen or so individuals over a period of more than twenty years of Okinawa diving). As to the Okinawan specimens, the five parallel body lines are often not obvious and looking at images of some of the featured animals only three of the lines are apparent. Unfortunately I didn't have access to the description of B. quinquelineatus (Quoy & Gaimard (1833). Collected specimens were relaxed in propylene phenoxetol and fixed 24-hrs in buffered formaldehyde, then transferred to 70% ETOH.

        Special thanks to Jon Norenburg at the NMNH for the identification of this nemertine. Specimens have been deposited at the NMNH, but as yet have not been catalogued.

        I've added a second page w/ several images Baseodiscus quinquelineatus.

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Page Date: 01 May '17
Page Modification Date: 01 Apr '18
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