Syllis unzima Simon, San Martín, Robinson 2014

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Status
Pest?, Indigenous

Description

Distinctive colour pattern of 2 Syllis unzima_watermarkedtransverse purple to Brown bands across anterior chaetigers. Antennae, tentacular cirri and dorsal cirri long and slender, distinctly articulated. Pharynx extend over 6-7 chaetigers with large conical tooth set back from anterior margin, proventicle over ~ 4 chaetigers.

Reproduction
Viviparous

Ecology
First found on coralline algae outside abalone farm, in higher densities on experimental Holothuria scabra farm. Could potentially damage cucumbers, but conclusive evidence lacking.

Distribution
Southwest coast.

Citation: Simon C. A. and van Niekerk S. E. (2012), Syllis unzima Simon, San Martín, Robinson 2014 modified May 2015, The Simon Polychaete Lab- http://thesimonpolychaetelab.com/non-shell-infesting/syllis-unzima-simon-san-martin-robinson-2014/, Date Accessed:June 24, 2019.