BIOTIC Species Information for Arenicola marina
Researched byDr Harvey Tyler-Walters Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byDr Matt Bentley
Scientific nameArenicola marina Common nameBlow lug
MCS CodeP931 Recent SynonymsNone

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderCapitellida
Suborder FamilyArenicolidae
GenusArenicola Speciesmarina

Additional InformationArenicola defodiens sp. nov. has recently been distinguished from Arenicola marina on the basis of the morphology of the gills, the annulation pattern between the first 4 chaetigerous segments, size, burrow depth, cast type and shape, colour, absence of a feeding depression and genetic polymorphism (see Cadman & Nelson-Smith, 1993). These two species may represent the 'laminarian' and 'littoral' forms respectively referred to by earlier authors.
Taxonomy References Fish & Fish, 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hayward et al., 1996, Howson & Picton, 1997, Cadman & Nelson-Smith, 1993, Everson, 2000,
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