Capitella capitata complex (Fabricius 1780)

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Status
Common, Alien?

Description

Body threadlike, bright red in life. Capitella_watermarkedThoracic chaetigers with capillaries in both rami, from chaetiger 7 or 8 hooks appear in both rami. Males have genital hooks on chaetigers 8 & 9.

30 – 40 mm

Distribution
South Africa: west to east coasts; Namibia
Widespread (Type locality Greenland)

Note
There are many species within this complex, local specimens probably represent a local species.

Citation: Simon C. A. and van Niekerk S. E. (2012), Capitella capitata complex (Fabricius 1780) modified May 2015, The Simon Polychaete Lab- http://thesimonpolychaetelab.com/non-shell-infesting/capitella-capitata-complex-fabricius-1780/, Date Accessed:June 24, 2019.