The worm you found is probably a Claparedepelogenia inclusa (Claparède
1868) or a Pelogenia arenosa (Delle Chiaje 1830), but quite this
second one. Maybe you can confirm this by using one the following
BARNICH, R. & D. FIEGE. 2003. The Aphroditoidea (Annelida: Polychaeta)
of the Mediterranean Sea. Abhandlungen der Senckenbergischen
Naturforschenden Gesellschaft, Frankfurt am Main, 559: 1-167. (see
Plate 2 photo 6).
PETTIBONE, M.H. 1997. Revision of the sigalionid species (Polychaeta)
referred to Psammolyce Kinberg, 1856, Pelogenia Schmarda, 1861, and
belonging to the subfamily Pelogeniinae Chamberlin, 1919. Smithsonian
Contributions to Zoology, 581: 1-89.
You can find a pdf of Pettibones paper available at the website of
the Smithsonian Institution, or just by clicking in the following link:
I hope this helps!
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De: annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu
[mailto:annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu] En nombre de Paul Chambers
Enviado el: jueves, 04 de marzo de 2010 13:49
Para: annelida from magpie.bio.indiana.edu
Asunto: [Annelida] Re: Marine Annelid from Jersey
I am an amateur marine zoologist on the British Channel Island of
Jersey about 100 km south of the English coast and 20km from the
French Normandy coast. My main interests are molluscs and crustaceans
but on Tuesday I came across a polychaete worm the like of which I
have not seen before and which I have not been able to identify using
the limited literature I have available to me. I am hoping that
someone on the list might be able to help out.
The worm was 22cm long and living in fully marine, loose muddy gravel
close to an area of eelgrass (Z. marina) located at the lowest point
of a very big spring tide. Also in the area were a number of
Chaetopterus tubes and a very long species of Glycera (G. gigantea?).
The mystery worm caught my attention because it was so wide and
robust. It curled itself into a knot when disturbed but when
straightened it had a flattened body shape. The upper surface was
rough and looked leathery (almost fibrous) with a series of ridges
running from the central line to the outside egde (possibly in a
'herring bone' pattern). Underneath it looked like a large Nereid.
There were a series of wide scales running along the edge of the head
region. Having been bitten by large worms before, I handled it rather
carefully but it was very robust and active.
I did not collect the animal but have put some pictures on this
Any thoughts on this will be gratefully received.
With best wishes,
paulmchambers from hotmail.com