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2010-06-14 09:39:15

Polychaete worms have populated the oceans for millions of years. Today they are the focus of study on cryptic species, which shows that apparently identical animals may be entirely different species. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have now found new worm species in the Kattegat and Skagerrak. Polychaetes belong to a group of segmented worms that display enormous diversity. It turns out that there may be significantly more of these worms than researchers had imagined....


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Red Tube Worm, Serpula vermicularis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The red tubeworm (Serpula vermicularis), also known as the plume worm, fan worm, or calcareous tubeworm, is a polychaete worm that is classified in the Annelida phylum. It can be found in many waters across the world including the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic Oceans, but it has not been found along the North American coast. It prefers to reside at depths of up to 330 feet within the intertidal zone. This species attaches itself to hard substrate like boulders or the shells of bivalves,...

Spirorbis spirorbis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Spirorbis spirorbis is a species of coiled polychaete worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. It can be found in Ireland and Britain from the English Channel to northern areas of Norway. It attaches itself to eelgrass and seaweed in shallow water in small groups. The shell of this species is white in color and has a peripheral flange that attaches to the floating seaweeds. The worm lives inside of this shell and reaches an average length of about.1 inches. It is typically orange...

Sandworm, Alitta virens
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The sandworm (Alitta virens) is a species of polychaete worm that is classified within the Annelida phylum. It burrows into mud or wet sand, feeding on microorganisms and seaweed. This species is typically large, sometimes reaching four or more feet in length, and have blue heads equipped with two sharp pincers. This species can also be identified by the many vascularized parapodia that occur on the sides of its body. These act as a means of propulsion and as gills that allow the worm to...

Giant Feather Duster Worm, Eudistylia polymorpha
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Giant Feather Duster Worm (Eudistylia polymorpha) is a species of marine polychaete worm of the Sabellidae family. Its range extends along the western coast of North America, from Alaska to California. It is most commonly found in the intertidal zone in tide pools and in the neritic (coastal) zone at depths up to 1,375 feet. It is often found in groups along rocks, reefs, pilings, wharves and marinas. Its common name comes from the crown of tentacles extended when the animal is under...

Common Clam Worm, Alitta succinea
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Common Clam Worm (Alitta succinea) is a species of marine annelid of the Nereididae family of ragworms or sandworms. It is found throughout the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, especially in the Gulf of Maine; it is also found off the coast of South Africa. This species can reach a length of 6 inches, but most specimens are smaller. It is brown in color at the rear, and reddish-brown on the rest of the body. The head has four eyes, two sensory feelers and numerous tentacles. The body consists...

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