Bloody ribbon worm (Lineus sanguineus)
|Researched by||Morvan Barnes||Refereed by||Admin|
|Other common names||-||Synonyms||Ramphogordius sanguineus (Rathke, 1799)|
Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandRecorded from the Sound of Jura in Scotland, near Dover, and at Eight Acre Pond on the Solent in England.
Global distributionScattered records occur in Britain; France; Nova Scotia, Canada, the Gulf or Maine, the USA; and Punta Arenas, Chile.
HabitatLineus sanguineus is an intertidal species. It is usually found under rocks or embedded in black mud.
- Up to 20 cm in length.
- Longitudinal grooves on either side of the head.
- Four to six eyes arranged regularly relatively far back on the head.
- No caudal cirrus.
- Lateral nerves embedded in or external to the body wall.
Additional informationLineus sanguineus can be differentiated from similar species such as Lineus rubens by having its eyes arranged more regularly and further back.
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OBIS (Ocean Biodiversity Information System), 2023. Global map of species distribution using gridded data. Available from: Ocean Biogeographic Information System. www.iobis.org. Accessed: 2023-12-11
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Last Updated: 22/05/2008