BIOTIC Species Information for Exogone spp.
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Researched byDr Paul Somerfield & Prof. Richard Warwick Data supplied byPML
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Scientific nameExogone spp. Common nameA polychaete worm
MCS CodeP418 Recent Synonyms

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderPhyllodocida
Suborder FamilySyllidae
GenusExogone Species

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997,
General Biology
Growth formVermiform segmented
Feeding methodPredator
Mobility/Movement Environmental positionEpifaunal
Typical food typesSmall invertebrates, detritus, algae, larvae. HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeVery small(<1cm)
Height Growth RateNot researched
Adult dispersal potential100-1000m Dependency
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Fauchald & Jumars, 1979, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Rouse & Pleijel, 2001,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandNot researched
Global distributionNot researched
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeNot researched
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesCoarse clean sand
Gravel / shingle
Other species (see additional information)
Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismDirect Development
Reproductive SeasonAugust Reproductive LocationWater column
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life spanInsufficient information Age at reproductive maturityInsufficient information
Generation timeNot researched Fecundity30-40
Egg/propagule size100 µm Fertilization type
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodAugust
Duration of larval stageNot relevant   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Rouse & Pleijel, 2001, Thorson, 1946,
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