The Chaetopterids found in the coastal waters of the Gulf of Georgia and Puget Sound, though the species are few in number, are very widely distributed and remarkably interesting in their biology and morphology. My observations were made on three species, all of which appear to be new: —
, gen. et sp. n.
, sp. n.
Of these Mesochaetopterus
partly bridges the gap between the remarkable form Chaetopterus
and the other members of the family. Phyllochaetopterus prolifica
possesses a type of asexual reproduction which is now described for the first time in the Polychaeta. Telepsavus
is a genus hitherto only known to occur in the Mediterranean and the Red Sea. In previous collections the Chaetopterids appear to have been represented only by empty tubes, and their interest has remained unsuspected (cf.
Johnson, "The Polychaeta of the Puget Sound Region," Proc. Boston Soc. Nat. Hist. vol. xxix. p. 386).
The collections, of which the worms described here form a part, were made in the summer of 1911, while I was a guest at the Biological Laboratory at Departure Bay, Vancouver Island, which is maintained by the Dominion Government. I should like to express my heartiest thanks for the hospitality extended to me there. The tidings of the death of the Rev. G. W. Taylor, the first Director of the Station, reached me here last year (1912), and I wish to place on record some slight tribute to the memory of one of the pioneers of marine biology in British Columbia. His enthusiasm for the study of the rich fauna of the Pacific Coast, and the patient care which he bestowed upon its investigation are worthy of great praise. I only knew him in the last year of his life, during a time when, crippled by paralysis, he suffered greatly, but his kindness and thoughtfulness will always remain a pleasant memory to me.
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