BIOTIC Species Information for Neanthes fucata
Researched byMorvan Barnes Data supplied byMarLIN
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Scientific nameNeanthes fucata Common nameA polychaete
MCS CodeP469 Recent SynonymsNereis fucata

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderPhyllodocida
Suborder FamilyNereididae
GenusNeanthes Speciesfucata

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Fauchald, 1977, Howson & Picton, 1997, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
General Biology
Growth formVermiform segmented
Feeding methodScavenger
Active suspension feeder
Mobility/MovementPermanent attachment
Temporary attachment
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food typesCarrion (various invertebrates), detritus and suspended organic matter HabitAttached
BioturbatorNot relevant FlexibilityHigh (>45 degrees)
FragilityFragile SizeSmall(1-2cm)
HeightNot researched Growth RateNot Researched
Adult dispersal potentialNot researched DependencyCommensal with/on/in
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References Schroeder, 1989, Fauchald, 1977, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Fish & Fish, 1996,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandFound on most British and Irish coasts.
Global distributionFound in north-west Europe from the coasts of Norway and Denmark to the western English Channel possibly as far south as western Spain.
Biogeographic rangeTemperate. Depth range
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferencesOther species (see additional information)
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Strait / sound
Enclosed coast / Embayment
Biological zoneNot relevant
Wave exposureExposed
Moderately Exposed
Tidal stream strength/Water flowField unresearched
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References NBN, 2002, JNCC, 1999, Fauchald, 1977, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive typeGonochoristic
Developmental mechanismNot researched
Reproductive SeasonNot researched Reproductive LocationInsufficient information
Reproductive frequencySemelparous Regeneration potential No
Life span3-5 years Age at reproductive maturity1-2 years
Generation timeNot researched FecundityInsufficient information
Egg/propagule sizeNot researched Fertilization typeExternal
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potentialNot researched Larval settlement periodNot researched
Duration of larval stageNot researched   
Reproduction Preferences Additional Information
Reproduction References Schroeder, 1989, Hayward & Ryland, 1995b, Fish & Fish, 1996,
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