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Diopatra

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Diopatra is a genus of polychaete worms in the family Onuphidae.

Description

Members of this genus live in thick, parchment-like tubes that project from the sediment on the seabed. The tubes are covered on the outside by fragments of shell, algae, fibers and other small objects, collected by the worm and stuck in place by mucus. The worm's tube is a food-catching tool that creates a small micro-reef where small invertebrate prey reside. Diopatra dart partially out of the tube and grasp the prey with their maxillae and mandibles. Their large anterior parapodia help them to immobilize the prey.[2]

Species

The World Register of Marine Species includes these species in the genus:[1]

References

  1. ^ a b Fauchald, Kristian (2010). Read G, Fauchald K (eds.). "Diopatra Audouin & Milne Edwards, 1833". World Polychaeta database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
  2. ^ Diopatra Archived 2009-04-22 at the Wayback Machine The Marine Biological Laboratory. Retrieved 2012-01-17.
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Diopatra: Brief Summary

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Diopatra is a genus of polychaete worms in the family Onuphidae.

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Distribution

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Maybe this genus does not occur in Antarctica; it has been reported (as Diopatra sp.) by Monro (1930) from South Georgia, but hasn't been reported since.

Reference

Sicinski, Jacek

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Sicinski, Jacek Day, J. H. (1967). [Errantia] A monograph on the Polychaeta of Southern Africa. Part 1. Errantia. British Museum (Natural History), London. pp. vi, 1–458, xxix.
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