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Nereis pelagica   Linnaeus, 1761


Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Polychaeta | Aciculata | Nereididae

Environment / Climate / Range Ecology

Benthic.  Tropical

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Indo-Pacific, Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 20.3 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 111270); common length : 12.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 111269); max. reported age: 3 years (Ref. 111266)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Predominantly intertidal, occasionally found subtidally. Adults may be found in a mucous tube, under boulders or on holdfasts of algae (Ref. 111185). Omnivorous, feeding on plant detritus, algae, and sometimes on harpacticoid copepods and amphipods (Ref. 108780). 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). The worms die after their breeding period (Ref. 111269). Also Ref. 111267.

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

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). The worms die after their breeding period (Ref. 111269). Also Ref. 111267.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

Salazar-Vallejo, S.I. 1996. (Ref. 7866)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses


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Estimates of some properties based on models

Price category (Ref. 80766)
Unknown