Image Keith Hiscock - Myxicola infundibulum. Image width ca 8 cm.
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Myxicola infundibulum is not listed under any importance categories.
|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||Widely distributed, but often locally scarce, around British and Irish coasts.|
|Habitat information||Found buried in mud or sand sublittorally of depth down to 30 m in conditions of varied wave and tide exposure. Most abundant in wave sheltered habitats and may occur in variable salinity|
|Description||A stout, cylindrical worm up to 20 cm long that lives permanently in a thick, transparent, mucilagenous tube that remains almost completely buried in soft sediment. The head, which projects from the tube, is surrounded by a crown of purple and brown tentacles that are interlaced for most of their length, forming a characteristic funnel, with only their tips free. The body is segmented and dark yellow or orange in colour. When disturbed the worm retracts into its tube and can reduce its length by half.|
|Additional information||Myxicola infundibulum may occasionally be found in conditions of variable salinity such as inlets and harbours.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Penny Avant 2006. Myxicola infundibulum. A fanworm. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 22/12/2014]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3850>