Abstracts of Polychaete Publications


Palpal-latoc, V. S. and N. C. de Celis, 1977. New Record of Polychaete Worm
(Polychaeta, Eunicidae) from Hundred Islands in Pangasinan.
Sylvatrop, Philippines. Forest Research Institute Journal, 2(1): 67-71.

Nematonereis unicornis Schmarda of the Family Eunicidae was found in the intertidal zone during low tide. Its distinguishing features are the presence of only one short antenna and two rounded reddish eyes borne on a rounded prostomium. It is not harmful but instead is preyed upon by bigger animals like fishes and other worms.

Palpal-latoc, V.S. 1981. Inventory of Polychaetous Annelids of Tayabas Bay.
National Museum Zoological Paper, (9) 1-55.
The collections of polychaetous annelids include about 1,500 specimens representing 70 species belonging to 22 families and 50 genera. The families best represented are Eunicidae, 14 species; Polynoidae, 7 species; Amphinomidae, Terebellidae, and Serpulidae, 6; Nereidae and Syllidae, 2. Thirteen families are represented by a single species each. About 28 species are found to be new records for the Philippines and one new species, Prophyllodoce philippinensis was described.

This species was collected from sandy shore in Kanlagkit, Matandanang Sabang, Catanauan, Quezon (Tayabas Bay) by J.J. Cabrera, R.G. Garcia and R. Velarde on March 25, 1978. It is commonly known as leaf worm because its dorsal cirri are leaf shape. Known only from Tayabas Bay.

Descriptions, synonyms, distribution and other ecological data are included in this paper.

Palpal-latoc, V.S. and P. C. Gonzales, 1981. New Record of Polychaete Worms
(Polychaeta, Chaetopteridae) from Natunawan Cove, Albay. National
Museum of the Philippines. Zoological Papers (11): 1-6.
Two worms belonging to family Chaetopteridae were discovered in Natunawan Cove, Tabaco, Albay in the course of the ecological and systematic study of the area under the PCARRD Project No. 796. These are, Phyllochaetopterus socialis Claparede collected from a sandy-muddy area at mid-channel under 3 meters of water at low tide and Mesochaetopterus minutus potts found in mass along the intertidal bank of the Tayhi River.

Palpal-latoc, V.S., 1983. Annelida. In C.C. Velasquez (ed.), Philippine
Encyclopedia (Biological Sciences), pp. 48-55. Natural Research
Council of the Philippines.
Thirty-seven species belonging to twenty-two families are included in this paper. Ecological and geographical distributions are also provided.

Natividad, F. and V. S. Palpal-latoc, 1986. Guide to Philippine Flora and Fauna.
Philippine Annelids. Natural Resources and Management Center,
MNR and the University of the Philippines.Vol. VI, No. 1 pp. 45-69,
11 figs.
Thirty four species belonging to 23 genera and 12 families are included in this paper. Eighteen species are found to be new records in the Philippines.

Brief description of the families, genera and species represented are given. Illustrations, keys, geographical distribution and some ecological data of each species are provided in this report.

Palpal-latoc, V.S. 1991. New Records of Polychaetous Annelids of Ilocos Sur.
National Museum Papers, Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 45-69.
Eighteen species of polychaetous annelids belonging to 14 families and 17 genera were discovered in Ilocos Sur during the course of taxonomic study of the area from June 1981 to June 1984.

Descriptions, synonymies, keys, habitats and illustrations are provided in this report.

Palpal-latoc, V.S. 1994. Some Scale ? Bearing Polychaetes of Ilocos Sur. National
Museum Papers, Vol. 4, No. 2, pp. 67-77.
Ten polychaete species belonging to 3 families and 7 genera are included in this paper. Families Aphroditidae and Sigalionidae are represented by a single species each while polynoidae comprises 8 species.

Two species are found to be new to the Philippine fauna. These are Lepidonotus tenuisetosus (Gravier), a polynoid worm collected from a dead coral attached underwharp and Thalenessa digitata McIntosh, a sigalionid worm found in dead coral at 3 meter-depth.

Villoso, E.P. and V.S. Palpal-latoc, 1996. Soft Bottom Associated Animal
Community Study in San Pedro Bay. Resource and Ecological
Assessment of San Pedro Bay, Philippines. Vol. 4, 45 pp. Part I.
IMFO Technical Report No. 16, College of Fisheries, University of
the Philippines in the Visayas, Miag-ao, Iloilo.
This report presents the results of the resource and ecological assessment of faunal communities associated with soft bottom habitats in San Pedro Bay during the periods 1994 to 1995. More than 34,000 soft bottom associated macrobenthic animals reperesenting at least 42 major taxa were sorted from collections taken from 24 sampling sites. Annelids comprised the most dominant group (27%), followed by nemertineans (26%), pelecypods (15%), sipunculids (5.3%), foraminiferans (4.9%), echinoderms (3%) and others (8%). The density of macrobenthos differ in different stations and depths. There were also seasonal varieties in their density at every locality.

Palpal-latoc, V. S., 1996. The Polychaete Fauna of Panay. National Museum
Papers. Vol. 6, No. 1, pp. 1-58.
An account of the polychaete fauna of Panay is given, based on the collection obtained from 1983-1990. A total of 2,053 specimens were collected representing 69 species belonging to 50 genera and 25 families. Ten species are found to be new to the Philippines.

Descriptions, synonyms, and keys to the identification are included in this paper.

Palpal-latoc, V. S. 1997. The Polychaetous Annelids of Ilocos Sur. National
Museum Papers. Vol. 7, No. 2, 77 pp.
A total number of 1,636 polychaetous annelids were collected along the coastal and reef areas of Ilocos Sur from June 1981 to June 1984. At least 79 species belonging to 59 genera and 25 families are represented in the collections. Eighteen species are new to the Philippine fauna.

Descriptions, keys, synonyms and habitats of each species are provided in this report. Illustrations of some new records are also included.

Palpal-latoc, V. S. 1999. Techniques in the Collection, Preservation and
Identification of the Polychaete Worms. National Museum Papers,
Vol. 9, No. 2, pp. 19-27, 3 figures.
This paper is concerned about the techniques in the collection and identification of polychaete worms. Brief instructions for collection, fixation (with illustrations), identification, as well as glossary are provided. Illustrations of the major morphological features of a generalized polychaetes and the equipment needed in the collection of polychaete specimens are also included.

Palpal-latoc, V. S. 2001. Checklist of Polychaetous Annelids in the Philippines.
Special Issue. National Museum Papers, Vol. II, No. 2, pp. 1-79.
This paper presents a compilation of all reported species in the Philippines extracted from scattered publications including those of the author, but most of the listing was based from Grube (1878) and Hartman (1959). There are about 43 families comprising 433 species and 155 genera included in the checklist. Provided in this paper are the bibliographic citations, synonyms and the geographical distribution of each species.

Palpal-latoc, V. S. 2005 A Survey of Soft Bottom Benthos of Southern Palawan.
Exercise Luzon Sea Phase I (Palawan Expedition). Report on the
Status of the Marine Environment and Marine Resources of
Southern Palawan, Philippines. Occasional Papers of the Silliman University-
Angelo King Center for Research and Environmental Management
(SUACKREM), Vol. 1, No. 1, pp. 37-56.
This report presents the results of the survey of the soft bottom benthos of southern Palawan undertaken last March 17-26, 2004. The objective of the study was to determine the composition and the density of soft bottom benthic organisms as part of the Exercise Luzon Sea Phase I (Palawan Expedition).

The density of organisms in the study sites ranged from 296 to 2,223 indiv/m2. The most numerous found were the nematodes, comprising 28% of the total collection, followed closely by the polychaetes composing 27% and by the crustaceans constituting 24%.

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