Polychaeta | Canalipalpata | Sabellidae
Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS
Cusson, M., P. Archambault and A. Aitken. 2007. (Ref. 3448)
Size / Weight / Age
Max length : 9.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 865)
Benthic; depth range 0 - 180 m (Ref. 865)
Climate / Range
Arctic, Northern Atlantic, the Mediterranean and Pacific Ocean.
Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions
It is found wedged in fouling organisms on piers and rocks and embedded in soft bottom sediments in subtidal depth up to 180 meters (Ref. 865). A filter feeder (based on the feeding ecology of the family Sabellidae; Ref. 87179). Members of the class Polychaeta are mostly gonochoric (sexual). Mating: Females produce a pheromone attracting and signalling the males to shed sperm which in turn stimulates females to shed eggs, this behavior is known as swarming. Gametes are spawned through the metanephridia or body wall rupturing (termed as "epitoky", wherein a pelagic, reproductive individual, "epitoke", is formed from a benthic, nonreproductive individual, "atoke"). After fertilization, most eggs become planktonic; although some are retained in the worm tubes or burrowed in jelly masses attached to the tubes (egg brooders). Life Cycle: Eggs develop into trocophore larva, which later metamorph into juvenile stage (body lengthened), and later develop into adults (Ref. 833).
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 114614)
CITES status (Ref. 94142)
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