A fanworm (Manayunkia aestuarina)
|Researched by||Susie Ballerstedt||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Haplobranchus balticus (Karling, 1933)|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRelatively common around the British coast, but rare around Scottish and Northern Ireland coasts. Absence of Irish records most likely reflects no really accessible data sources.
HabitatManayunkia aestuarina are characteristic of brackish water and found sublittorally in sandy and muddy estuaries to depths of 30 m in sediment.
- A small worm, up to 6 mm in length.
- Eight thoracic and three abdominal segments.
- Colourless or brown.
- Eight yellow tentacles and two green palps project from the head.
Additional informationManayunkia aestuarina is the only species of this genus to be found around British coasts.
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North East Scotland Biological Records Centre, 2017. NE Scotland other invertebrate records 1800-2010. Occurrence dataset: https://doi.org/10.15468/ifjfxz accessed via GBIF.org on 2018-10-01.
OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System), 2023. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2023-11-28
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Last Updated: 26/10/2005