BIOTIC Species Information for Hediste diversicolor
Researched byGeorgina Budd Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byMike Kendall
Scientific nameHediste diversicolor Common nameRagworm
MCS CodeP462 Recent SynonymsNereis diversicolor
Nereis (Hediste) diversicolor

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderPhyllodocida
Suborder FamilyNereididae
GenusHediste Speciesdiversicolor

Additional InformationThe form and distribution of paragnaths on the pharynx can be very useful in identification and Kinberg (1866, cited in Chambers & Garwood, 1992) assigned roman numerals to eight different areas of the pharynx that bear paragnaths. However, the number of paragnaths can vary considerably both within and between populations and this variation is thought to be a result of habitat and feeding preferences (Barnes & Head, 1977).
See Chambers & Garwood (1992) for further description and detail on identification.
Taxonomy References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Fauchald, 1977, Barnes, 1994, Chambers & Garwood, 1992, Barnes & Head, 1977,
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