Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

Short Communication

Funchalia sp. (Crustacea: Penaeidae) associated with Pyrosoma atlanticum (Thaliacea: Pyrosomidae) off the Canary Islands

J.A.  Lindley a1 , F.  Hernández a2 , J.  Scatllar a2 and J.  Docoito a2
a1 Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB, UK, E-mail:
a2 Departamento de Biología Marina, Museo de Ciencias Naturales de Tenerife (OAM), Apartado Correos 853, 38003 Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Canarias, Spain


Five specimens of the penaeid genus Funchalia were found inside living Pyrosoma atlanticum taken off Tenerife. No such association has been noted previously. The largest of the Funchalia was an immature F. villosa; the other four were early post-larvae. Aspects of their morphology are described and compared with previous descriptions. They were probably also F. villosa.

(Received July 21 2000)
(Accepted November 16 2000)