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First record of the sipunculan worm Phascolion (Phascolion) caupo Hendrix, 1975 in the Mediterranean Sea

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L.M. FERRERO-VICENTE, A. LOYA-FERNANDEZ, C. MARCO-MENDEZ, E. MARTINEZ-GARCIA, J.I. SAIZ-SALINAS, J.L. SANCHEZ-LIZASO
L.M. FERRERO-VICENTE, A. LOYA-FERNANDEZ, C. MARCO-MENDEZ, E. MARTINEZ-GARCIA, J.I. SAIZ-SALINAS, J.L. SANCHEZ-LIZASO

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Specimens of the sipunculan worm Phascolion (Phascolion) caupo Hendrix, 1975 have been collected for the first time in the Mediterranean Sea, thus increasing the number of known sipunculan species of up to 36 in this area. They were encountered on soft bottoms from the coast of San Pedro del Pinatar (Western Mediterranean). Thirty specimens were collected at a depth ranging from 32.6 to 37.2 m, mainly in sandy substrata with high load of silt and clays. 80% of the individuals were found inhabiting empty shells of gastropods or empty tubes of serpulid polychaetes.

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