A bristleworm (Eteone longa)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandOccurs around most of the British coast.
Global distributionFound from the north Atlantic to the Arctic.
HabitatEteone longa is found in muddy sand or mud, intertidally and offshore, to a depth of at least 120 m.
- A long, thin, very active polychaete up to 6 cm long, about 1 mm in width, with about 200 segments.
- Body flattened and transparent yellowish-white in colour.
- Head, or prostomium, with 2 pairs of short antennae and 2 small, dark red eyes.
- Eversible, smooth proboscis that is flared towards its opening.
- Behind the head the dorsal cirri of each parapod are flattened, projecting out from the body to form a fringe down each side of the body.
Additional informationEteone longa can be distinguished from Eteone flava, which is morphologically similar but rose-red to orange in colour.
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Last Updated: 08/06/2007