Pseudonereis podocirra (Schmarda, 1861)

Common, indigenous

Body colour is variable: greenish-brown, greyish-brown and medium brown with white pigmentation around eye spots. Thick pigmented bar visible from chaetiger 3 to posterior. Black pigment spots along midpoint of segment boundaries from chaetiger 14 to posterior end. Pair of cirriform frontal antenna. Pair of palps with swollen bases and rounded distal ends. Four pairs of tentacular cirri with distinct cirrphores. Pair of black jaws with 5-6 teeth. Paragnaths on pharynx in distinct areas that are a mixture of conical, shield-shaped and p-bar paragnaths. Area I: one conical paragnath (Fig. 4A), II: 15–17 conical paragnaths in wedge shape, III: 22 conical paragnaths in three rows, IV: 27–32 conical paragnaths and p-bars in a closely spaced arc shape, V: one conical paragnath, VI: large shield-shaped bars and VII–VIII: 40 conical paragnaths and p-bars alternating in 2–4 rows. Dorsal and ventral cirri present. Chaetae consists of: homogomph spinigers and heterogomph falcigers.

Very common in the lower intertidal zone among Perna perna and Mytilus galloprovincialis beds, living in abandoned tubes of Gunnarea gaimardi and under abandoned barnacle shells.

Lamberts Bay in the Western Cape to Kidds Beach in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. This species was also recorded in KwaZulu-Natal, Namibia and Mozambique by Day (1967).

Popularly used as a bait species by fisherman and is commonly known as the mussel worm. Previously known as Pseudonereis variegata.

Cite as: Kara, J., Macdonald, A.H.H., Simon, C.A. (2018). Integrative taxonomic methods reveal an incorrect synonymisation of the South African Pseudonereis podocirra (Schmarda) as the widespread Pseudonereis variegata (Grube) from Chile. Invertebrate Systematics, 32(6): 1282-1297. doi:10.1071/IS18016