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6 foot black marine worm!

Observed: 20th December 2011 By: nightflynightfly’s reputation in Invertebratesnightfly’s reputation in Invertebratesnightfly’s reputation in Invertebratesnightfly’s reputation in Invertebratesnightfly’s reputation in Invertebrates
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chrisbrooks's picture

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Hi Cathal

It looks disgusting, the only thing I can come up with is Nemertea, which are marine worms, some can grow to over a metre long and the longest ever was something like 54 metres.

What do you think ?

Chris

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Thanks Chris,

It sounds like a very good candidate, 54metres!? Massive, very strange creatures, yeah another fella on that fishing forum has reported finding black worms as long as 12 foot.

Thanks very much for info Chris.

Cathal.

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Thank you very much Nick for

Thank you very much Nick for the confident ID, much appreciated!

Cathal.

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It's certainly Lineus sp. and

It's certainly Lineus sp. and I think longissimus is by far the commonest species and seems right for size and colour. See http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=3693

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.

ChrisMcA's picture

They're called ribbon worms &

They're called ribbon worms & this is the bootlace worm. They're the only nemertea I've found but I'm amazed you managed to get in one piece as just lift a bit & it falls apart under it's own weight.

bobthebirder's picture

bootlace worms

These are usually buried in mud or under rocks, so I assume these were found while bait-digging.

Bob Ford