Phoronida / Phoronidae (family) Phoronis australis Haswell, 1883. Preserved. Sold by each.
Phylum Phoronida / Family Phoronidae (horseshoe worm) / Genus Phoronis / Species Phoronis australis preserved specimen.
Synonyms: Phoronis buskii McIntosh, 1888; Phoronis bhadurii Ganguly & Majumdar, 1967.
Feedingtype: suspension feeder. Phoronida have a funnel-shaped anterior ring of ciliated tentacles called a lophophore. Food matter suspended in the water nearby is drawn in to Phoronidae by the actions of the tentacles and the lophophore tube. A photograph of Phoronis australis on which the lophophoral cavity, lophophoral concavity, mouth, anus, anal papilla, nephridiopores, and nephridial papillae are labelled may be found HERE.
Sexual reproduction: Phoronis australis is hermaphroditic. Embryos are brooded in two masses on a nidamenta B-type glandular secretion of mucous.
Asexual reproduction: Asexual reproduction of P. australis is by transverse fission.
Habitat: Phoronis australis often burrows into the tube-wall of Cerianthids, the genus Cerianthus most often being the host. There could be as many as one hundred phoronids in a tube-wall. Most often they host between twenty and sixty individuals.
Sold in individually. If you require six or more of this specimen, a price reduction of 30% will be applied once we have processed the order internally.
Distribution: Widely distributed. Especially abundant in Indian Ocean and Oceania.
Sold individually. Forensics Lab Supply Number 9610528.
Generally, our specimens are mailed to the customer in plastic bags with
a small amount of holding solution. I would recommend that you
accumulate some glass jars for displaying the annelids. Jam and jelly
jars will do. Buy enough rubbing alcohol (isopropyl alcohol 70%) to
cover the specimen in the jars. I often use jars with snap lids that I
buy cheaply at yard sales. I have discovered recently that IKEA carries
jars like that, but with silicone ring gaskets to seal the jar and lid.
The other kind have a rubber gasket made by Ball and commonly available
from stores carrying canning supplies. You might consider putting two or
more different specimens in each jar to make comparison easier.
Forensics Lab Supply Number 9610528.
Preserved Biological Specimens
Preserved Marine Specimens
HTS = 0511.91.00