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Reteterebella queenslandia Hartman 1863

Spaghetti worm




Lachlan Gleeson (2011)

 

 

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Reteterebella queenslandia associates with live coral boulders and macroalgae found in the shallow sandy inshore area of coral reef cays and lagoon. R. queenslandia also tends to occur in clumped populations. These clumping of individuals then tend to disperse throughout the sandy inshore zone, creating large gaps between micro-populations.



 

R. queenslandia in its protective tube immediately after the boulder it was hiding under was turned over





Given the large populations size of R. queenslandia, we predict that they will be significant to bioturbation and nutrient cycling in the sandy inshore reef. Although they are unable to turn over significant quantities of sand like Holothurians, their biomass alone would result in them having a significant impact on their environment.

Buccal tentacles of several individuals extending from a single coral boulder


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

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Reterebella queenslandia ([auctt.])

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カワリフサゴカイ