Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK

Short Communications

Comparison between the Nereis diversicolor and Nereis virens marine worms in the transformation of ingested hydrocarbons

F.  Gilbert a1c1, G.  Desrosiers a2, S.  Hulth a3 and G.  Stora a1
a1 Laboratoire d'Océanographie et de Biogéochimie (UMR CNRS 6535), Campus de Luminy, case 901, F-13288 Marseille Cedex 9, France
a2 Institut des Sciences de la Mer (ISMER), Université du Québec à Rimouski, 310 allée des Ursulines, Rimouski, Québec, G5L 3A1, Canada
a3 Department of Analytical and Marine Chemistry, Göteborg University, S-412 96 Göteborg, Sweden


A feeding experiment was conducted on the marine worm Nereis diversicolor to compare the fate of a hydrocarbon mixture during the gut passage in this species with the hydrocarbon breakdown process demonstrated for Nereis virens. Hydrocarbon dissolution/solubilization processes in the gut of N. diversicolor were found to have similar qualitative and quantitative importance in the hydrocarbon transformation as those observed in N. virens.

(Received November 30 2000)
(Accepted June 4 2001)

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