BIOTIC Species Information for Ditrupa arietina
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Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Taxonomy
Scientific nameDitrupa arietina Common nameA polychaete worm
MCS CodeP1329 Recent Synonyms

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderSabellida
Suborder FamilySerpulidae
GenusDitrupa Speciesarietina
Subspecies   

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Howson & Picton, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
General Biology
Growth formVermiform segmented
Feeding methodPassive suspension feeder
Active suspension feeder
Mobility/MovementCrawler
Burrower
Environmental positionInfaunal
Epifaunal
Typical food typesOrganic matter, phytoplankton HabitFree living
BioturbatorDiffusive mixing FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeSmall(1-2cm)
HeightNot researched Growth RateNot researched
Adult dispersal potentialNot researched DependencyIndependent
SociabilitySolitary
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Gremare et al.,1998, Jordana et al., 2000, Medernach et al., 2000, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound off the north-east coasts of Scotland as well as the south Celtic Sea and south-west Ireland.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe off the coasts of Britain and Ireland, in the Mediterranean off the coasts of Greece and in east and south-east Asia off the coasts of Thailand and China.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate to warm temperate. Depth range
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesCoarse clean sand
Fine clean sand
Sandy mud
Muddy sand
Mud
Muddy gravelly sand
Sandy gravelly mud
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Offshore seabed
Biological zoneUpper Infralittoral
Lower Infralittoral
Upper Circalittoral
Lower Circalittoral
Circalittoral Offshore
Wave exposureExposed
Moderately Exposed
Sheltered
Tidal stream strength/Water flowField unresearched
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Gremare et al.,1998, Jordana et al., 2000, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Reproductive SeasonNot researched Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequencyAnnual protracted Regeneration potential No
Life span1-2 years Age at reproductive maturity1 year
Generation timeNot researched Fecundity
Egg/propagule size Fertilization typeExternal
Larvae/Juveniles
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodNot researched
Duration of larval stage1-2 months   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Gremare et al.,1998, Jordana et al., 2000, Medernach et al., 2000, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
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