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Eupolymnia nebulosa

(Montagu, 1818)


Penny Martin eupolymnia nebulosa ??

Steve Trewhella I think we have these in Kimmeridge, millions of them stuck to weed, very tiny ?

Penny Martin this one about 2 inches .... I usually see them sticking their tentacles out of tubes

David Fenwick Snr Certainly looks like it could be, has the spotting, which gives it its common name of Strawberry worm. I took this one of it a couple weeks ago http://www.aphotomarine.com/images/marine_worms/worm_eupolymnia_nebulosa_21-03-12_1.jpg

Andy Horton I have never seen these on the shore at Sussex.

Darryl Mayer You will have Andy. Tho' only the threadlike tentacles will show. The worm encases itself in sand and tiny gravel for protection (a bit like Caddis fly larvae) sending out only the threads in search of food.

Andy Horton I have not been down to the shore as much as used in the last eight years. Worm tentacles are common enough. I was thinking off the Sand Mason though.

Stuart Pearce Terebellidae: Thelepus setosus? Olu Deniz Lagoon, Turkey 2013. Cropped for closer look

Ilan Lubitz Eupolymnia nebulosa

Stuart Pearce Thanks Ilan, another possability, but the bright red gills and non granular skin texture was more indicative of T. setosus :)

Erling Svensen Here is one after smashing the tube..... I am not sure this is the same specie as this one was quite much thicker as the other one....

Darryl Mayer Strawberry worm, Eupolymnia nebulosa (not the same as your other segmented worm)

Andrew Mackie Terebellides

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 01 Feb 2013
Mickey Luv

Mickey Luv Am I right this is a ball of (juvenile?) nemerteans? Under a rock at low tide in Cornwall, very gooey. Any thoughts appreciated!

Darryl Mayer Strawberry Worm. Normally hides itself inside a "shell" of small broken shells and small stones and under rocks. It's just one worm.

Cynthia D. Trowbridge terebellid polychaete

Mickey Luv Thanks a lot! Eupolymnia nebulosa, I missed the body but the tentacles just keep going (although just eaten by a squat lobster in my tank...)

Andrew Mackie Not necessarily Eupolymia nebulosa (strawberry worm). May well be another terebellid, e.g., a Polycirrus sp.

Becky Hitchin In your general learning-marine-stuff lectures, we all hear that that this is Eupolymnia nebulosa - but is that a generalisation? Could it be other things, and if so, what's the best level to record it at? Terebellid maybe?

Andrew Mackie Terebellid is best you can say. All terebellids have tentacles they can spread out.

Becky Hitchin Thanks, Andy, I guessed that would probably be the case!

Message posted on Seasearch Identifications on 16 Nov 2013
Giuseppe Ferotti eupolymnia nebulosa Palermo (Italy) . Apnea ( -5 metri ) Panasonic Lumix DMC FT3

Message posted on UWphotographers on 31 Oct 2012
Darryl Mayer Eupolymnia nebulosa Strawberry Worm, in situ with protective "masonry", being checked out by Brittlestars

Taxonomy
Animalia (Kingdom)
  Annelida (Phylum)
    Polychaeta (Class)
      Canalipalpata (Subclass)
        Terebellida (Order)
          Terebellomorpha (Suborder)
            Terebellidae (Family)
              Terebellinae (Subfamily)
                Eupolymnia (Genus)
                  Eupolymnia nebulosa (Species)
Associated Species