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Myxicola infundibulum

Renier, 1804

Sabellid worm

Classification
Identification
Biology
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Classification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Latin name : Myxicola infundibulum (Renier, 1804)
Synonyms :
Classification : Polychaeta ( Polychaetes, Paddle-footed annelids )
 
Name : Ver myxicole
Name : Sabellid worm
Fanworm
Identification   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Main identification characters
A stout, cylindrical worm up to 20 cm long that lives permanently in a thick, transparent, mucilagenous tube that remains almost completely buried in soft sediment.

The head, which projects from the tube, is surrounded by a crown of purple and brown tentacles that are interlaced for most of their length, forming a characteristic funnel, with only their tips free. The body is segmented and dark yellow or orange in colour.

When disturbed the worm retracts into its tube and can reduce its length by half.
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Biology   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
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Distribution   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Habitat

Sand
Found buried in mud or sand sublittorally of depth down to 30 m in conditions of varied wave and tide exposure. Most abundant in wave sheltered habitats and may occur in variable salinity.

Myxicola infundibulum may occasionally be found in conditions of variable salinity such as inlets and harbours.
Geographical distribution
Widely distributed, but often locally scarce.
Links   {MSG_BIOLOGY_LISTE_CATEGORIES}
Websites :
http://limouz1.free.fr/biologie_atl/myxicole.htm
http://www.calacademy.org/research/izg/SFBay2K/sabellidworm.htm
http://www.divebums.com/FishID/Pages/sabellid_worm.html
http://www.marlin.ac.uk/index2.htm?species/Myxinf.htm
http://www.seaotter.com/marine/research/myxicola/infundibulum/html/inf [...]

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Data sheet written by Christophe Naslain , 21/07/2003

Updates :
Christophe Naslain - 03/11/2003


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