A bristleworm (Scoletoma tetraura)
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|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Lumbrineris impatiens (Claparède, 1868), Lumbrineris tetraura (Schmarda, 1861)|
Scoletoma tetraura is a large polychaete growing up to 40 cm in length. The species is iridescent pale pink or red in colour and possesses yellow acicula. It has an elongated body and is worm like in appearance.
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded from scattered locations around the coast of Britain.
HabitatScoletoma tetraura occurs from low water to considerable depths. It occupies a variety of substrata including clean or slightly muddy sand, shell gravel and algal holdfasts.
- Iridescent pale pink or red in colour
- Up to 40 cm in length
- 500 or more segments
- No gills present
- Yellow acicula
- Curved, bladed simple chaetae in first 40-80 segments
- Four short anal cirri
- No jointed crochets
- Simple crochets lacking from first 5 chaetigers
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Hayward, P.J. & Ryland, J.S. (ed.) 1995b. Handbook of the marine fauna of North-West Europe. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E., 1997. The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Belfast: Ulster Museum. [Ulster Museum publication, no. 276.]
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Last Updated: 06/01/2003