BIOTIC Species Information for Hesionura spp.
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Researched byDr Paul Somerfield & Prof. Richard Warwick Data supplied byPML
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Scientific nameHesionura spp. Common nameA polychaete worm
MCS CodeP121 Recent Synonyms

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderPhyllodocida
Suborder FamilyPhyllodocidae
GenusHesionura Species

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997,
General Biology
Growth formVermiform segmented
Feeding methodPredator
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesSmall invertebrates HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeVery small(<1cm)
Height Growth RateNot researched
Adult dispersal potentialNot researched Dependency
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Rouse & Pleijel, 2001 , Pleijel & Dales, 1991,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandNot researched
Global distributionNot researched
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeNot researched
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesCoarse clean sand
Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive type Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonInsufficient information Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life spanInsufficient information Age at reproductive maturityInsufficient information
Generation timeNot researched FecundityInsufficient information
Egg/propagule sizeInsufficient information Fertilization typeInsufficient information
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodInsufficient information
Duration of larval stageInsufficient information   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Rouse & Pleijel, 2001 ,
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