Worms at the Hawaii-2 Observatory

Observed in video surveys (ROV Jason in 1998 and 1999 and ROV JasonII in 2003 and 2004) and/or camera sled/otter trawl transects (in 2003)

 

These classifications are best guesses and subject to change.  Classification was checked first with Tree of Life and then with European Register of Marine Species in June 2006.
Click on the filename prefix for additional photos of that specific type of organism.
*** NOTE FOR BENTHIC VS. PELAGIC: Organisms were classified as benthic if they were observed at least some times on the seafloor. ***

*** NOTE FOR VIDEO CLIPS: Video clips on this page are either Windows Media Video 8 files (*.WMV).  Click for a list of all video clips (including MPEG and MOV files). ***

 

Phylum
Class, Order
Family
Genus, species
(* verified by collection)
Common Name
Filename Prefix
Type Photo
Benthic or Pelagic?

Platyhelminthes?

Turbellaria?


Not determined Flatworm?
pla_tur_1
flatworm
Click for video
Pelagic
Annelida
Polychaeta, Phyllodocida?
Aphroditidae?
Laetmonice? Polychaete worm
ann_pol_1
polychaete
Click for video
Pelagic
Polychaeta?, Sabellida? Serpulidae?
Not determined Polychaete worm? ann_pol_2
No photo
Benthic
Echiura

Bonelliidae?
Not determined Echiuran worm
spoke_trace_1
spoke_trace
Benthic
Chaetognatha?


Not determined Arrow worm?
arrow_1
arrow
Pelagic

Total number of types of worms identified: 5.
Benthic worms: 2 types; planktonic/pelagic worms: the other 3 types.


*** We would like to thank L. Harris for helping identify the pelagic polychaete. ***


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Page updated 16 June 2006 by Stace Beaulieu (stace@whoi.edu)