A bristleworm (Scolelepis (Scolelepis) squamata)
|Researched by||Anna Neish||Refereed by||This information is not refereed|
|Authority||(O.F. Muller, 1806)|
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandWidely distributed around the coast of the British Isles.
Global distributionRecorded in the North Eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean.
HabitatScolelepis squamata is found in the mid to lower shore of exposed beaches. It is found mainly in sand or sometimes muddy sand in vertical burrows lined with mucus.
Depth range10-500 m
- Slender, bluish-green segmented worm 5-8 cm in length.
- Body composed of 150-200 segments with chaetae and dorsal gills.
- Red vessels distinct in gills and palps.
- Head elongated, pointed anteriorly and posteriorly.
Additional informationIt swims in spirals when disturbed.
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Last Updated: 26/10/2005