Life and Medical Sciences
Cell & Developmental Biology
Wiley InterScience Backfile Collection 1832-2000
This paper deals with the description of an organism, externally resembling Müller's larva among the polyclads, collected in the plankton of Monterey Bay, California, during the spring and summer months. Internally, the organization of the various systems is unique. In some respects it bears a certain resemblance to a polyclad in early stages of development; in other regards it approaches the rhabdoceles, more particularly the Acoela. Its more exact relationships are obscured by the fact that, although the larger specimens are not more than 0.7 mm. in length, the sex organs, both male and female, are fully developed and functional. Furthermore, the plan of these systems is unlike that of any turbellarian hitherto described. Whether this organism represents a case of paedogenesis or is a fully developed adult is unknown at present, but in any event the various systems are described and an attempt is made to give it a fairly definite systematic position.
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