BIOTIC Species Information for Polydora spp.
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Researched byDan Bayley Data supplied byMBA
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Taxonomy
Scientific namePolydora spp. Common nameA bristleworm
MCS CodeP748 Recent Synonyms

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclasscanalipalpata OrderSpionida
Suborder FamilySpionidae
GenusPolydora Species
Subspecies   

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Howson & Picton, 1997,
General Biology
Growth formTubicolous
Vermiform segmented
Feeding methodActive suspension feeder
Surface deposit feeder
Mobility/MovementBurrower
Environmental positionEpibenthic
Epilithic
Typical food typesDetritus HabitTubiculous
Bioturbator Flexibility
Fragility SizeSmall-medium(3-10cm)
Height Growth Rate
Adult dispersal potential> 10km Dependency
SociabilityGregarious
Toxic/Poisonous?No
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Giangrande, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandAll Great Britain, most common in south-west
Global distributionAtlantic, Mediterranean, Pacific
Biogeographic range Depth range
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesBedrock
Mud
Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional InformationLimestone rock or shells
Distribution References Giangrande, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismPlanktotrophic
Direct Development
Reproductive Season Reproductive LocationAdult burrow
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span1-2 years Age at reproductive maturity<1 year
Generation time<1 year Fecundity350-2500 eggs per brood.
Egg/propagule size70-240 µ m diameter Fertilization typeExternal
Larvae/Juveniles
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential Larval settlement period
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Giangrande, 1997,
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