|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image Sue Scott - Lanice conchilega, sand mason worm. Image width ca 8 cm.
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Lanice conchilega is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Olwen Ager||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||Lanice conchilega is found around all coasts of Britain and Ireland.|
|Habitat information||Lanice conchilega is found in intertidal and subtidal sediments|
|Description||Lanice conchilega is a polychaete worm up to 30 cm in length and yellow, pink and brownish in colour. Its body is divided into between 150 and 300 segments, with 17 segments (chaetigers) in the front region. Lanice conchilega has 3 pairs of bushy gills that are blood red in colour. It makes a tube out of sand grains and shell fragments, which has a characteristic frayed end that protrudes above the sand. Lanice conchilega uses its crown of white tentacles to trap particles of food.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Olwen Ager 2008. Lanice conchilega. Sand mason. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 18/06/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=3633>