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Reteterebella queenslandia Hartman 1863

Spaghetti worm




Lachlan Gleeson (2011)

 

 

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Reteterebella queenslandia is defined by their unique conspicuous feeding appendages. Their tentacles grow in excess of 1 meter when fully stretched and possess several sensory systems. R. queenslandia is also characterised by complex branched branchiae (Fauchald, 1997). The body of the spaghetti worm grows up to 100mm long and is a dull grey/blue colour. The setae and chaetae are highly reduced, with only the anterior segments still having setae.



 

Whole specimen of R. queenslandia with scale.


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Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Annelida
Class
Polychaeta
Order
Terebellida
Family
Terebellidae
Genus
Reteterebella

Synonyms

Reterebella queenslandia ([auctt.])

Common Names

カワリフサゴカイ