BIOTIC Species Information for Serpula vermicularis
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|Researched by||Lizzie Tyler||Data supplied by||University of Sheffield|
|Refereed by||This information is not refereed.|
|Reproductive Season||Summer months||Reproductive Location||Insufficient information|
|Reproductive frequency||Regeneration potential||No|
|Life span||3-5 years||Age at reproductive maturity||1 year|
|Generation time||Insufficient information||Fecundity|
|Egg/propagule size||Fertilization type||Insufficient information|
|Reproduction Preferences Additional Information||Age at maturity and life span
Orton (1914) observed that ten month old individuals of Serpula vermicularis in the south west of England could successfully reproduce.
Larval settling time
The length of the planktonic stage is unknown but comparison with other serpulid species suggests it may be between six days and two months (Holt et al., 1998).
Spawning seems to occur in the summer. In the Clyde area Elmhirst (1922) observed spawning to occur in June to August and in Plymouth ripe individuals were seen in August and September (Allen, 1915).
|Reproduction References||Holt et al., 1998, Fish & Fish, 1996, Allen, 1915, Bosence, 1979(b), Orton, 1914, Elmhirst, 1922, Heidi Tillin, unpub data,|