Lamellibrachia luymesi

Lamellibrachia luymesi van der Land & Norrevang, 1975

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General Description

The vestimental region is relatively long, representing about 11% of the total body length. There are six pairs of tentacular lamellae which are not fringed with free tips. The ventral sides of the margins of the vestimental wings do not show any ornamentation. The dorsal side of the trunk is provided with a series of transverse grooves, just behind the vestimental region. The neurular tube of the trunk is only present in its anterior part. There is a real common excretory duct, its epithelium is not provided with a cuticular lining. The two sperm ducts join to form a common sperm duct in the vestimental region. The two male gonopores as well as the posterior parts of the vestimental ridges lie close together. The tube is rather smooth along its whole length and has no conspicuous collars.

(van der Land & Norrevang, 1977)

Author(s): Allen, Chris
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Ecology and Distribution


Forms large bush-like aggregations at hydrocarbon seeps in the Gulf of Mexico (Gardiner & Hourdez, 2003).

Author(s): Allen, Chris
Rights holder(s): Allen, Chris


Gardiner, SL., & Hourdez S. (2003).  On the occurrence of the vestimentiferan tube worm Lamellibrachia luymesi van der Land and Nørrevang, 1975 (Annelida: Pogonophora) in hydrocarbon seep communities in the Gulf of Mexico. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 116, 380-394.
van der Land, J., & Norrevang A. (1975).  The systematic position of Lamellibrachia (Annelida, Vestimentifera). Z. zool. Syst. Evol.-forsch., Sonderheft. 1, 86-101.
van der Land, J., & Norrevang A. (1977).  Structure and relationahips of Lamellibrachia (Annelida, Vestimentifera). Det Kongelige Danske Videnskabernes Selskab Biologiske Skrifter. 21, 1-102.