Nereis diversicolor is easy to keep in salt-water tanks if given simple
glass tubes in which to live (thereby easier to maintain than in
sediment, and easier to observe). They are omnivorous.
Tou might also contact those who are commercially farming ragworm (N.
virens), for example Seabait in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK.
Dr Roger Bamber
Environment: Coastal & Marine
The Natural History Museum
London SW7 5BD
Tel: 0207 942 5636
Fax: 0207 942 5054
The whale, dolphin and porpoise strandings webpage is:
The TRANSMAP project webpage is:
From: annelida-bounces At oat.bio.indiana.edu
[mailto:annelida-bounces At oat.bio.indiana.edu] On Behalf Of FJdy4 At cs.com
Sent: 12 January 2007 23:38
To: fallguy911 At verizon.net
Cc: Annelida At magpie.bio.indiana.edu
Subject: Re: [Annelida] rag worms or nereis diversicolor question
Hediste diversicolor is an intertidal, shallow water species, quite
small. We did keep the related Neanthes virens, a much larger species,
in a salt water aquarium and they did very well, taking food readily but
seldom leaving the substrate. Two of them lived long enough to spawn
unfertilized eggs and then wasted away as 'ghosts.'
Other nereid species have been kept and bred in captivity,
Canadian Museum of Nature (retired)
In a message dated 12/01/2007 3:36:12 PM Eastern Standard Time,
fallguy911 At verizon.net writes:
I just had a quick question regarding rag worms or nereis diversicolor.
I was wondering if it was possible to raise them or also if it was
possible to keep them in a salt water tank for an extended period of
time. I would greatly appreciate a response.
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