BIOTIC Species Information for Thelepus spp.
Researched byLizzie Tyler & Dan Bayley Data supplied byUniversity of Sheffield
Refereed byThis information is not refereed.
Scientific nameThelepus spp. Common nameA polychaete worm
MCS Code Recent Synonyms

PhylumAnnelida Subphylum
Superclass ClassPolychaeta
Subclass OrderTerebellida
Suborder FamilyTerebellidae
GenusThelepus Species

Additional Information
Taxonomy References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
General Biology
Growth formVermiform segmented
Feeding method
Environmental positionInfaunal
Typical food types Habit
Bioturbator Flexibility
Fragility SizeMedium(11-20 cm)
Height Growth Rate
Adult dispersal potential Dependency
General Biology Additional Information
Biology References McHugh, 1993,
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & Ireland
Global distribution
Biogeographic range Depth range
Distribution Additional Information

Substratum preferences Physiographic preferences
Biological zone Wave exposure
Tidal stream strength/Water flow Salinity
Habitat Preferences Additional Information
Distribution References Hayward & Ryland, 1995b,
Reproduction/Life History
Reproductive type Developmental mechanismLecithotrophic
Reproductive Season2 - 6 months Reproductive LocationBrood chamber
Reproductive frequencyAnnual episodic Regeneration potential No
Life span Age at reproductive maturity
Generation time Fecundity51,555 - 150,000
Egg/propagule size220-400 µm diameter Fertilization type
Larval/Juvenile dispersal potential Larval settlement period
Duration of larval stage   
Reproduction Preferences Additional InformationGenerally only 1 day spent in plankton
Reproduction References McHugh, 1993,
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