A bristleworm (Ampharete falcata)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded from Orkney, North Sea, Southampton Water, Isles of Scilly, Celtic Sea, the Irish Sea and the west coast of Scotland. Also recorded on the north east coast of Ireland.
HabitatLives mainly in soft sand at depths of between 30-90 m. Can live in fragile tubes of sand or mud attached to solid objects or lying across the sea bed.
- Usually yellowish or white in colour.
- Up to 18 mm long.
- Body divided into two regions, a thoracic and abdominal region along with a prominent head.
- Two simple eyespots.
- Lobed head with tentacles that can be retracted into mouth.
Additional informationFeeds by extending its tentacles across the sediment surface. Mucus secreted by the tentacles traps food which is then carried back to the mouth. Branchiae are used for gas exchange.
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Last Updated: 13/05/2005