The Polychaetous Annelids of the Marshall Islands

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This dataset is from a paper by Donald J. Reish (1968) on the polychaetous annelids of the Marshall Islands.

This report is based upon collections made by the author at Eniwetok, Bikini, and Majuro atolls during the summers of 1956 and 1957. In addition, previous accounts of the polychaetes from the Marshall Islands, largely those reported by Hartman (1954), are incorporated in this study. The object of the field investigations was to prepare a reference collection of polychaetes for the Eniwetok Marine Biological Laboratory.

Various names have been employed in the literature for the various islands of Eniwetok Atoll. The names employed by Dawson (1957) and by the Eniwetok Marine Biological Laboratory have been followed. Hartman (1954) used the same names for those of the islands from which she made collections, with two exceptions - Rujoru and Japtan which she called Rujiyoru and Munit.

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Reish D J (2023): The Polychaetous Annelids of the Marshall Islands. v1.1. Southwestern Pacific Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Node. Dataset/Occurrence. https://nzobisipt.niwa.co.nz/resource?r=annelids_marshalls&v=1.1


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Occurrence; Observation


Donald J. Reish
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Department of Biology, California State College
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Kevin Mackay

Geographic Coverage

Marshall Islands

Bounding Coordinates South West [7, 162], North East [12, 172]

Taxonomic Coverage

Polychaetous annelids

Class Polychaeta

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1946-01-01 / 1958-12-31

Sampling Methods

Intertidal and subtidal sampling

Study Extent Marshall Islands

Method step description:

  1. The collecting procedure was similar at all islands. Transects were made of both the ocean and lagoon sides of the islands during low tide. Collections were made at the high tide, mid-tide, low tide, and surge zones. These collections consisted of individual specimens of polychaetes, algal clumps, sand, and pieces of corals, old coral heads, coralline algae, and of the coral reef itself. Generally, one litre of material from each ecological niche at a site was preserved with formaldehyde in the field. The material was washed and sorted in the laboratory under a dissecting microscope. Subtidal collections of sand or pieces of coral were taken by swimming in depths of five meters or less.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Reish, Donald J. 1968. The Polychaetous Annelids of the Marshall Islands. Pacific science 22(2), 208–231.

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS