Tomopteridae

Tomopteridae

[tə‚mäp′ter·ə‚dē]
(invertebrate zoology)
The glass worms, a family of pelagic polychaete annelids belonging to the group Errantia.
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The Italian expeditions made on board the Liguria (1903-1905) included sites in western Mexico; as part of these cruises, Rosa (1907, 1908) described species of the planktonic families Tomopteridae and Alciopidae.
Family Tomopteridae Grube, 1848 Tomopteris (Johnstonella) aloysii sabaudiae Rosa, 1907: 176; 1908: 274, pl.
Five phyllodocidacean families (Alciopidae, Lopadorrhynchidae, Pontodoridae, Tomopteridae, and Typhloscolecidae) and two flabelligerid families (Flotidae and Poeobiidae) are dominated by transparent species (Uschakov, 1972; Glasby et al., 2000).
Polychaetes of the Suborder Phyllodociformia of the Polar Basin and the Northwestern Part of the Pacific: Families Phyllodocidae, Alciopidae, Tomopteridae, Typhloscoleicidae, and Lacydoniidae.
Sin embargo algunos, como los poliquetos (Tomopteridae) y gimnosomados (Desmopterus) estuvieron ausentes en las muestras recolectadas con la red de 500 [micron]lm y aparecieron solo en unas cuantas de la red de 300 [micron]m.
Of the 83 families of known polychaetes (Rouse & Pleijel, 2001), only the Tomopteridae, Alciopidae, Lopadorhynchidae, Iospilidae, Typhloscolecidae, and Pontodoridae are exclusively pelagic (Fauchald, 1977; Stop-Bowitz,1981).
Some families (e.g., Tomopteridae) are voracious predators of plankton and some species that are considered to be dominant in planktonic communities are a source of food for several types of fish (Pettibone, 1963; Fernandez-Alamo, 2000).
Rosa (1907,1908a,1908o), analyzed the Tomopteridae gathered by the Italian corvette R.N.
A total of eight species of planktonic polychaetes were determined; seven of these belong to the families Tomopteridae, Iospilidae, Lopadorhynchidae, Typhloscolecidae and one undetermined species belongs to the family Alciopidae.
In Chile's coastal waters representatives of three (Tomopteridae, Alciopidae, Lopadorhynchidae) of the six pelagic polychaete families had been found, in addition to two species of the family Polynoidae which, in spite of being essentially benthic, has two pelagic representatives (Rozbaczylo, 1985; Rozbaczylo et al., 2004).