Guernsey commercial fisherman Clive Brown brought me a bundle of 15 mm diameter rope that he found at sea suspended from a float. He removed the float and brought me the wound up rope, which was encrusted with bryozoans and had mussels and scallops attached to it. I unwound the rope and found four of these scaleworms, family aphroditidae, living inside the rope windings.
Clive brought me the rope on February 4, 2008. I unravelled it and took photographs that afternoon of the species living inside the rope with a Canon A640 digital camera with an off-camera epoque flash using white reflectors over a black background.
File No. 040208 2865
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