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Goniadidae

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Goniadidae is a family of marine worms within the Polychaeta. Goniadids have long, slender bodies and can grow up to 260mm in length, although most are less than 50mm long.[1][2] Goniadids have an eversible proboscis with a circlet of chitinous jaws around the terminal end.[1][3][4]

Goniadids are highly mobile, burrowing predators which inhabit soft sediments, including sand and mud.[3] Goniadids tolerate a sediment mud content up to 60%, with an optimum range of 50-55%.[2] They are usually distributed within the intertidal and subtidal zones, from shallow water to offshore continental shelf sediments.[2][4]

References

  1. ^ a b Fauchald, K (1977). "The polychaete worms, definitions and keys to the orders, families and genera". Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: Los Angeles, CA (USA), Science Series. 28: 92. hdl:10088/3435. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  2. ^ a b c Singleton, Nathan (2010). Regional Estuary Monitoring Programme (REMP) Data Report: Benthic Macrofauna Communities and Sediments – July 2007 to April 2008 (Report). Waikato Regional Council. Retrieved 2021-02-18.
  3. ^ a b "Macrobenthos of the North Sea - Polychaeta". Marine Species Identifiation Portal. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
  4. ^ a b "Goniadidae". Annelid Resources. Retrieved 2021-02-19.
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Goniadidae: Brief Summary

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Goniadidae is a family of marine worms within the Polychaeta. Goniadids have long, slender bodies and can grow up to 260mm in length, although most are less than 50mm long. Goniadids have an eversible proboscis with a circlet of chitinous jaws around the terminal end.

Goniadids are highly mobile, burrowing predators which inhabit soft sediments, including sand and mud. Goniadids tolerate a sediment mud content up to 60%, with an optimum range of 50-55%. They are usually distributed within the intertidal and subtidal zones, from shallow water to offshore continental shelf sediments.

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