Terebrasabella heterouncinata Fitzhugh and Rouse 1999

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Pest, Indigenous


Branchial crown with 2 pairs of radioles.T_heterouncinata_watermarked 8 thoracic and 3 abdominal chaetigers. Simultaneous hermaphrodite: sperm in chaetiger 8, eggs in chaetigers 9 & 10.


South Africa: Southwest to southeast.

California, Chile


Live in burrows in shell of gastropods: abalone, turban shells, whelks. Don’t excavate own burrows; larvae settle on inner surface of growing edge of host shell and induces host to secrete shell around it.


Semi-continuous brooders, larvae lecithotrophic, remain in parental burrow till ready to settle

Citation: Simon C. A. and van Niekerk S. E. (2012), Terebrasabella heterouncinata Fitzhugh and Rouse 1999 modified May 2015, The Simon Polychaete Lab- http://thesimonpolychaetelab.com/terebrasabella-heterouncinata/, Date Accessed:June 24, 2019.