First report of marine Gastrotricha from Chilean beaches

Andreas Schmidt, Matthew Lee, Marina Scherf, Tania Figueroa, Javier Sellanes, Juan Canete
2019 Latin American Journal of Aquatic Research  
A recent study of the meiofauna from several intertidal sites along the coast of Chile yielded several gastrotrich specimens. The number of specimens was too small to assess the ecology of the individual species; however, as there are no published records of Gastrotricha in Chile until recently, it is important to document the presence of this group in order to stimulate further research. We report specimens of the genera Lepidodasys, Cephalodasys, Macrodasys, Tetranchyroderma, Xenotrichula and
more » ... a, Xenotrichula and several morphotypes of Turbanella. Additionally, we provide some initial data on the population density of Lepidodasys sp. at Coihuin (Puerto Montt) and an observation of them feeding on nematodes.
doi:10.3856/vol47-issue4-fulltext-10 fatcat:ndwznr7axrhjbdmzufemn7demu