Polychaeta | Aciculata
Environment / Climate / Range
Benthic; depth range 0 - 4000 m (Ref. 3477). Subtropical; 27°C - 28°C (Ref. 87155)
Arctic, Atlantic and Indo-Pacific.
Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age
Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm
A small species, not growing more than 1 cm long. It has a flat oval body, with soft scales (elytra) covering the dorsal leaving the middle part elytra-free, usually 40-60 in number, and show concentric rings with rusty brown speckles. The head has four eyes and one median antenna. Its color ranges from colorless, flesh, greenish to black.
A small bristle worm, usually not exceeding 10 mm in length. It has a flat oval body that is covered with 40-60 soft scales called elytra on the dorsal side (Ref. 2778). Found along the near-coastal zone, often in fine-grained to muddy sediment (Refs. 7882, 96352), also associated with organic pollutants (Ref. 96352). Feeds on organic material from the sediment (Ref. 2778). A predator (Ref. 96501)/carnivore-scavenger (Ref. 96352). Reproduction occurs during spring and summer producing planktonic larvae (Ref. 3477).
Life cycle and mating behavior
Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae
Reproduction occurs during spring and summer producing planktonic larvae.
LÃ³pez-Jamar, E., G. GonzÃ¡lez and J. Mejuto. 1986. (Ref. 2778)
IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 115185)
CITES status (Ref. 108899)
Threat to humans
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