BIOTIC Species Information for Cirratulus cirratus
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
General Biology
Growth formCylindrical
Vermiform segmented
Feeding methodSurface deposit feeder
Sub-surface deposit feeder
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesDiatoms and algal detritus. HabitBurrow dwelling
BioturbatorDiffusive mixing FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeMedium(11-20 cm)
HeightNot relevant Growth Rate<2cm / reproductive episode (every 1-2 yrs)
Adult dispersal potentialNone DependencyIndependent
General Biology Additional InformationLittle information on the general biology or life history characteristics of this species was found. Cirratulus cirratus is regarded as a generally tolerant species and can be found in moderate densities in areas of high environmental disturbance (e.g. 120 per m² 500 m away from an oil platform) (Levell et al., 1989). Once larvae and juveniles settle, they remain in their burrow and adults do not move. It can grow up to 2 cm between reproductive episodes, which occur every 1-2 years (Olive, 1970).
Biology References Garwood, 1982, Levell, et al., 1989, Olive, 1970, Penry & Jumars, 1990, Gibbs, 1971, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
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