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Pelagic larvae have been found in December, February and April, whereas settling has been observed in August-October. The settling larvae prefer mud and sand above clean shell gravel and are not very tolerant to low salinities.

N. latericeus is tubicolous as a juvenile, but free-living when adult. Adult specimens build partially spiralled burrows that maintain integrity for some time after construction, but lack a distinct wall structure. Capitellids are mentioned to be non-selective deposit feeders, although N. latericeus may prove to be more selective as suggested by its gut contents. The species is recorded living as a commensal with the entoproct Loxosoma singulare (Hartmann-Schröder, 1971; Wolff, 1973; Fauchald & Jumars, 1979).

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Source: World Register of Marine Species

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