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Paddle Worms (Phyllodoce spp.)

Paddle Worms (Phyllodoce spp.)

Part of one Phyllodoce, coiled around itself.

The body can be almost half a metre and with up to 700 segments. They are very colourful and in the photo above the beautiful irridescence body can be seen. The green, flattened parapodia and large, heart shaped and very visible.

They are carnivorous feeding on invertebrates in the lower shore of sandy, muddy-stones in the lower shore. The sexes are separate.

See also the close relative Eulalia viridis.


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