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Advances in Marine Biology, Vol. 10 by Frederick S. Russell, Maurice Yonge (Eds.)

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Oxeata Topsent, Axociella nidijcuta Kirkpatrick, Isodictya erinacea Topsent, Ectyodoryx ramilobosa (Topsent), Eurypon miniaceum Thiele and Microxina benedeni (Topsent), (Koltun, 1964). Koltun has shown that there are, however, marked differences between the faunas of East and West Antarctica. McMurdo Sound in the Ross Sea is the only area in Antarctica from which representatives of Stelletta, Geodinella, Jmpis, Penares, Hemiasterella, Rhabderemia, Chondropsis, and Dysidea have been collected (Burton, 1929).

A Roeeek a&r&ca; 1 Roes& nuda; 0 Roeeella villoea; 0 Scolymastra joubini; A Anoxyculyx ijimae. 1 500 to 2 000 m on the continental slope they are very rare. Spicules however occur abundantly beyond this depth, and in places may be commoner than they are on the shelf. Bottom currents are undoubtedly responsible for the transfer and Koltun shows that suspended midwater spicules were collected at various levels. Thia study ahould make ANTARCTIC BENTHOS 41 palaeontologists rather wary of using fossil spicules alone as palaeoecological evidence.

Hodgson, on Scott’s first expedition was to collect a very different pycnogonid with five pairs of legs from the Ross Sea, and the following year (1905) recognized Dewbpoda austraZis among material collected by the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition. Eights remarkable pycnogonid thus had to wait for 70 years before it was recognized again and made respectable. Calman (1937) gave an interesting account of Eights’ career as far as known and reproduced the original figures of Decolopoda, Glyptonotus and Serolis.

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