SEAFDEC Names New Species Of Soil-cleaning Worm

The Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) named new species of mud worm that were known to clean the soil in fishponds.

Marphysa iloiloensis | Photo from Mary Anne Mandario

The new species of mud worm were identified and named after Iloilo, a place where its eggs were collected and hatched. The eggs of this mud worm, now called Marphysa iloiloensis and locally referred to as ulod-ulod, were collected by Mary Anne Mandario.

Mary Anne Mandario was an associate researcher of the Southeast Asian Fisheries Development Center (SEAFDEC) and also an Ilongga.

She said that she collected the eggs of ulod-ulod and encapsulated in “jelly cocoons. She added that she transported these eggs from SEAFDEC’s fishponds in Dumangas to SEAFDEC’s Polychaete Hatchery in Tigbauan.

With the help from Australian taxonomist Dr. Christopher Glasby and his team, the ulod-ulod was listed in the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) last September 2019 after these new species of mud worm was confirmed distinct from other mud worms.

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