NE Atlantic aphroditidae & Nereidae ID expert please

Richard Lord fishinfo at
Thu May 1 15:12:19 EST 2003

I would appreciate help with the identification of a Nereid worm which I saw 
swimming actively in a stream, which ran down a beach on April 19 during a 
low spring tide.  

I saw a dozen or more Nereids appear in the stream on the lower shore 
during low water.  They issued a copious quantity of white fluid into the 
stream which ran a short way down to the sea.  I collected one of the worms 
and photographed it from various angles but do not have it anymore to 

I would greatly appreciate any assistance in trying to narrow the identification 
down from the 19 ragworms that reside in British waters.  

I would also like to know if Alentia gelatinosa is the only member of its genus 
in British waters.  I have photographed a species that may be this but would 
appreciate confirmation from my photographs.  

I would be happy to email JPEGs to anyone willing to assist in these 
identifications.  Thank you.  

Best Wishes,
Yours sincerely,

Richard Lord
Guernsey GY1 1BQ
Great Britain
Tel: +44 (0)1481 700688
Fax: +44 (0)1481 700699
Email: fishinfo at

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