BIOTIC Species Information for Notomastus spp.
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Researched byDr Paul Somerfield & Prof. Richard Warwick Data supplied byPML
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Taxonomy
Scientific nameNotomastus spp. Common nameA polychaete worm
MCS CodeP920 Recent Synonyms

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderCapitellida
Suborder FamilyCapitellidae
GenusNotomastus Species
Subspecies   

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997,
General Biology
Growth form Feeding method
Mobility/Movement Environmental position
Typical food typesDetritus, diatoms HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeMedium-large(21-50cm)
Height Growth RateNot researched
Adult dispersal potential100-1000m Dependency
SociabilitySolitary
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Fish & Fish, 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Rouse & Pleijel, 2001, Barnes, 1979,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandNot researched
Global distributionNot researched
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeNot researched
Migratory   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferences 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 type Developmental mechanism
Reproductive SeasonApril to June Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life spanInsufficient information Age at reproductive maturity<1 year
Generation timeNot researched FecundityInsufficient information
Egg/propagule size150 µm Fertilization typeExternal
Larvae/Juveniles
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodApril to July
Duration of larval stage2-10 days   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Rouse & Pleijel, 2001, Thorson, 1946, MBA, 1957, Wilson, 1933,
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