Lysidice natalensis Kinberg, 1865
Common, indigenous, sometimes used as bait
Up to 100mm. In life, dorsal reddish brown in anterior with small white marks, towards the posterior becomes more uniformly white, ventral white. Three antennae, reddish-brown with white tips. Anterior bilobed. 2 eyes. Maxillary formula: Mx I = 1+1; Mx II = (2 – 3) + (2 – 3); Mx III = (2 – 6) + 0; Mx IV = 2 + (3 – 4); Mx V=1+1. First two segments apodous. No branchiae. Superior limbate and comb chaetae, inferior compound chaetae with short falcigerous blades. Acicula black with blunt tips, acicular chaetae start ~ chaetiger 20, brown, bidentate, with small guards.
Intertidal, on rocky shores among seaweed, in dead coral or in sand, sometimes found among mussel beds.
South Africa: Western Cape Province, west and south coast to KwaZulu Natal (Type locality Durban).