The tube of Ficopomatus enigmaticus (Fauvel) has two different layers: an outer, 90 pm-thick calcareous one and an inner, very thin organic membrane. Prismatic crystals, about 5 pm in length, are evident at the inner surface of the calcareous layer. In the reef-like aggregates, tubes grow perpendicular to the substratum and are closely packed: their density ranges from 70 000 to 180 000 worms-m'2, and distance between tube mouths averages 1.2 mm. Adherence between tubes appears to be due to wedge-shaped junctions, consisting of 10-12 pm-long clusters of crystals. Small tubes of newly settled individuals encrust interweaving adult tubes and help to consolidate the reef framework. © 1995 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Animal Science and Zoology
Aliani, S., Bianchi, C. N., Asmundis, C. D., & Meloni, R. (1995). Scanning electron microscope observations on the tube of the reef-forming serpulid ficopomatus enigmaticus (Fauvel) (annelida, polychaeta). Bolletino di zoologia, 62(4), 363 - 367. https://doi.org/10.1080/11250009509356090