Abarenicola gilchristi – Wells, 1963

Status
Indigenous, bait species

Description
Moderate size, 150 to 250 mm. Trunk with 19 chaetigers, branchiae start on chaetiger 8, 12 pairs. Tail region ‘fairly long’ with low papillae. Blades of notochaetae with tiny spines. Neuropodial hooks with numerous small poorly marked teeth, neuropodia in branchial region short, well-separated mid-ventrally.

Distribution
South Africa: Lamberts Bay on west coast to Walker Bay on south coast.
Namibia: Luderitz

Ecology
Intertidal sandy sediment on sheltered shores, below mean spring low.

Notes
Collected as bait (as bloodworm or ‘bakkiewurm’) in Walker Bay. Another smaller (up to 100 mm) species of genus, A. affinis africana Wells, 1963, so far only recorded in Luderitz and the Saldanha Bay/ Langebaan region, in sheltered bays in mud above mean spring low. Taxonomy of this species needs to be resolved.

 

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