Evidence for Trans-Atlantic Transport of Planulaw Larvae Probably Belonging to the Genus Telmatactis
Bzdyl, Robert William
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While working on the separation of plankton type from surface tows taken throughout the Atlantic, I had observed the presence of a particular planula larvae. From just this preliminary inspection, they appeared to be particularly abundant in coastal waters on both sides of the Atlantic and mainly present in the major ocean currents. A point that further intrigued me was the almost complete lack of knowledge about this very abundant planktonic form. The farthest I was able to establish its identification was Coelenterata. I was not even sure whether I was observing one species or many. Due to these observations and lack of knowledge about this planula, I decided to do a more detailed investigation.