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Aphrodita aculeata

Linnaeus, 1758

Rudolf Svensen Met this Sea Mouse (Aphrodita aculeata) yesterday. I have only seen 4 at close to 3000 dives, so I wonder if it is rare or just spend most of the time down in the mud? In Norway we call it "Golden Mouse".

Darryl Mayer It's not rare (as such) just very over-looked. I have seen them in Lochs Fyne, Sunart, Creran, Duich, Long and Hourn. They do like to bury themselves in the silt.

Joanne Porter I saw one once at the wreck of the Catalina in the Clyde. They can swim very well.

Keith Hiscock I have only seen them in situ very rarely in British waters (and, yes, I do dive on mud - usually looking for fan shells or sea pens and burrowing anemones or on my way to rock reefs). Most likely, they are usually just below the surface. And, when I do see them, I have the 'wrong' lens on.

Wendy Northway my thinking was along the same lines as Darryl Mayer. I believe they are very particular in the type of mud they like - and when they have found it, they can be numerous.

Christian Skauge If you find the right kind of fine mud and dig around, it shouldn't be too hard to find more, Rudolf :-)

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 28 Dec 2012
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Annelida (Phylum)
    Polychaeta (Class)
      Aciculata (Subclass)
        Phyllodocida (Order)
          Aphroditiformia (Suborder)
            Aphroditoidea (Superfamily)
              Aphroditidae (Family)
                Aphrodita (Genus)
                  Aphrodita aculeata (Species)
Associated Species