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Notes on Some Chaetognaths from Pine Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands (British West Indies)

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Seven species of planktonic Chaetognatha - Ferosagitta hispida, Flaccisagitta enflata, F. hexaptera, Krohnitta pacifica, Sagitta bipunctata, Serratosagitta serratodentata, and Pterosagitta draco - were present in plankton samples collected in waters north of Pine Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands, British West Indies. In addition, the epibenthic species Spadella cephaloptera, Paraspadella nana, and P. schizoptera were present, the latter two species associated mainly with shallow clumps of the coralline alga, Neogoniolithon sp., and with sponge-algal communities. One specimen of S. cephaloptera was collected at 35 m from a sand bottom north of the fringing reef adjacent to Pine Cay. Meristic data for F. hispida and for the three epibenthic species are provided.

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