BIOTIC Species Information for Ciriformia spp.
Researched byDr Paul Somerfield & Prof. Richard Warwick Data supplied byPML
Refereed byThis information is not refereed
Scientific nameCiriformia spp. Common nameA polychaete worm
MCS CodeP838 Recent Synonyms

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderSpionida
Suborder FamilyCirratulidae
GenusCirriformia Species

Additional Information
Taxonomy References
General Biology
Growth form Feeding method
Mobility/Movement Environmental position
Typical food typesDetritus, diatoms HabitFree living
Bioturbator FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityIntermediate SizeMedium-large(21-50cm)
Height Growth RateNot researched
Adult dispersal potentialNot researched Dependency
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandNot researched
Global distributionNot researched
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeNot researched
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferences Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive type Developmental mechanism
Reproductive SeasonSpring and summer Reproductive LocationAs adult
Reproductive frequency Regeneration potential No
Life span1-2 years Age at reproductive maturity1 year
Generation timeNot researched Fecundity15000
Egg/propagule size112-140 µm Fertilization typeExternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodJune and July
Duration of larval stage2-10 days   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationCirriformia tentaculata can reach a lifespan of 5-6 years.
Reproduction References Giangrande, 1997,
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