BIOTIC Species Information for Polycirrus spp.
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Researched byDr Paul Somerfield & Prof. Richard Warwick Data supplied byPML
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Taxonomy
Scientific namePolycirrus spp. Common nameA polychaete worm
MCS CodeP1235 Recent Synonyms

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderTerebellida
Suborder FamilyPolycirrinae
GenusPolycirrus Species
Subspecies   

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997,
General Biology
Growth form Feeding method
Mobility/Movement Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesDetritus including diatoms and other algae. Also small invertebrates including larvae. HabitTubiculous
Bioturbator FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeSmall-medium(3-10cm)
Height Growth RateNot researched
Adult dispersal potential10-100m Dependency
Sociability
Toxic/Poisonous?No
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 range
Migratory   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesAlgae
Muddy sand
Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Fauchald & Jumars, 1979, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Rouse & Pleijel, 2001, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismLecithotrophic
Reproductive Season Reproductive Location
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span Age at reproductive maturity
Generation timeNot researched Fecundity
Egg/propagule size Fertilization typeExternal
Larvae/Juveniles
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement period
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Rouse & Pleijel, 2001, Rouse & Pleijel, 2001,
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