Hey folks. I did it!! I posted successfully, 2 small worms, to Dr Watson at Portsmouth University and he emailed me today to say he received them. I'm dead chuffed. He hopes to identify them and find out more about them. I sent them alive in a urine sample pot too. I have asked him to confirm whether they actually arrived alive and whether he would prefer dead or alive specimens. I will let you know when I hear more. He also would like to spread the word about his interest in worms so people can send in theirs as they catch them!! So hear I am telling you guys...get worm hunting!and graboid catching
He emailed back this morning to confirm he got the worms alive and he is happy to receive them alive as he says it is easier for him to pickle them than for us to sometimes. Seems like a nice guy too. The perfect pot was a urine sample pot then inside a plastic bag. I then wrapped it all in kitchen paper and put it in a small tupperware pot.
Here taken from the worm thread complete with address
Goldy wrote: Here you go: It says Idealy the worms should be be fixed in formalide, but as most people dont have this to hand, pop it in 100% alcohol. Alternatively, post the live worm in a small pot of seawater. Send all speciamens (and any associated details such as where it was living, what it was feeding on, etc.) to the address below "says on the left in the mag" and he will try to Identify it and let you know. He also says' it would be great to build up a specimen collection of amphinomids and other polychaetes appearing in people's tanks. The more we know about these facinating creatures the better.
Dr Gordon Watson Institute of Marine Sciences Ferry Road Eastney University of portsmouth PO4 9LY.
I had an email from Dr Watson today! it reads as follows
I have had a look at the worms you sent me and unfortunately it has not been possible to identify them. This is beacuse they are only small parts of the body and mising their heads and tails. I even think they may be bits from the same animal!
It is very difficult to identify polychaetes without the head so usually when they are collected if they are missing a head or are only a 'bit' of the worm then they are discarded.
Sorry I cant be of more help, but if you can catch a whole worm I would be happy to try again.
Wow they just looked like 2 separate worms to me? How odd is that? I'm determined to find a whole one then and post that off?