|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Teresa Darbyshire - Cirratulus spp.
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Cirratulus cirratus is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Ken Neal and Susie Ballerstedt||Refereed by:||This information is not refereed.|
|Phylum||Annelida||Segmented worms e.g. ragworms, tubeworms & fanworms|
|Class||Polychaeta||Bristleworms, e.g. ragworms, scaleworms, paddleworms, fanworms and tubeworms|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||Found in suitable habitats all round the coast of Britain and Ireland.|
|Habitat information||Occurs on the lower shore in mud or muddy sand beneath or between rocks.|
|Description||Cirratulus cirratus has a long, slender, orange, pinkish or brownish-red body, with 75 to 130 segments, and can reach 12 cm in length. The head is a blunt cone with a row of 4 to 8 large black eyes either side that may meet on top of the head. There are two groups of up to 8 feeding tentacles on the first segment. Pairs of long slender gills arise at intervals from the whole length of the body and these appear as a mass of reddish threads when the worm is buried.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Ken Neal and Susie Ballerstedt 2006. Cirratulus cirratus. A bristleworm. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 21/05/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=2996>