BIOTIC Species Information for Magelona spp.
Click here to view the MarLIN Key Information Review for Magelona spp.
Researched byLizzie Tyler Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
General Biology
Growth formVermiform segmented
Feeding method
Mobility/MovementBurrower
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesDetritus HabitBurrow dwelling
Bioturbator Flexibility
Fragility SizeMedium(11-20 cm)
Height Growth Rate
Adult dispersal potential100-1000m DependencyIndependent
SociabilitySolitary
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional InformationAbundance
Occurs at high densities where environmental conditions are suitable. For example, Magelona papillicormis has been reported at densities of 279 individuals per 0.1 m² on sandy muddy ground in the Elbe Estuary.
Feeding
Magelona mirabilis feeds by gathering organic material from the sediment surface with its palps. When feeding on poorly sorted material, selectivity may be shown in that magelonids prefer to handle larger particles. Small crustaceans may also be taken as prey, for example, the mucous on the palps may trap a few harpacticoids although this is likely to be incidental. In well sorted sand, selectivity may be absent as particles with a high organic content have already been concentrated by other means.
Biology References Fish & Fish, 1996, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Hayward et al., 1996, Fiege et al., 2000, Giangrande, 1997, Fauchald & Jumars, 1979, Kuhl, 1972, Niermann et al., 1990, Giangrande, 1997,
About MarLIN | Contact, Enquiries & Feedback | Terms & Conditions | Funding | Glossary | Accessibility | Privacy | Sponsorship

Creative Commons License BIOTIC (Biological Traits Information Catalogue) by MarLIN (Marine Life Information Network) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales License. Permissions beyond the scope of this license are available at http://www.marlin.ac.uk/termsandconditions.php. Note that images and other media featured on this page are each governed by their own terms and conditions and they may or may not be available for reuse. Based on a work at www.marlin.ac.uk.