Dipolydora normalis (Day, 1957)

Status
Rare, Indigenous

Description
10 mm for 72 segments. Prostomium bilobed, deeply notched. Caruncle to chaetiger 4. Peristomium broad. No eyes. Palps very long. Colourless in alcohol.
1-2 Notochaetae present on chaetiger 1. Well developed neuropodial lamella and many neurochaetae on chaetiger 1. Modified spines on chaetiger 5 slightly curved hooks. Bidentate hooded hooks start on chaetiger 7. Accompanied by inferior neurochaetae on approximately last 9 chaetigers. No specialized notochaetae on posterior chaetigers.
Branchiae start on chaetiger 8 to near the end of the body.
Pygidium poorly developed, cuff-shaped, dorsally notched.

Distribution
South Africa – East coast, Mozambique.

Ecology
In mudflats, presence on surface of abalone shells probably incidental.

Cite as: Van Niekerk, S. and Simon C.A. (2012) Dipolydora normalis (Day, 1957), modified May 2019. (https://thesimonpolychaetelab.com/dipolydora-normalis/, Accessed on <day/month/year>)