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This study expands our understanding of the relationship between polychaete worms that live on the surface of corals, Spirobranchus giganteus (Christmas tree worms) and Bispira brunnea (feather duster worms), and their coral hosts. The study’s focus was to characterize the distribution of the polychaete species with respect to coral host genus. Feather duster worms occured on Porites and Montastrea corals more than expected, and less than expected on Millepora and Diploria2=9.299, df=2, p2=1.0857, df=2, 0.75Montastrea, Millepora, and Diploria than expected, and less likely to occur on Porites. This observation held for both individuals and clusters (χ2=36.3729, df=2, p2=12.1431, df=2, p


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  • Subject
    • Biology

  • Institution
    • Dahlonega

  • Event location
    • Floor

  • Event date
    • 22 March 2019

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Dr. Jill Schulze and Dr. Nancy Dalman