Lanice conchilega is a polychaete worm up to 30 cm in length and yellow, pink and brownish in colour. Its body is divided into between 150 and 300 segments, with 17 segments (chaetigers) in the front region. Lanice conchilega has 3 pairs of bushy gills that are blood red in colour. It makes a tube out of sand grains and shell fragments, which has a characteristic frayed end that protrudes above the sand. Lanice conchilega uses its crown of white tentacles to trap particles of food.
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