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2 metre long predatory worm in Cornish rockpool

Observed: 22nd August 2012 By: Nick UptonNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in InvertebratesNick Upton’s reputation in Invertebrates
2 metre long predatory Bootlace worm (Lineus longissimus) on the move in a rockpool, near Falmouth, Cornwall, UK, August.
Description:

I found this big Nermertine worm (the largest in the UK) coiled up under a boulder in a Cornish rockpool. Managed to get some shots of it on the move showing the head. Usually seen as a muddled, mucus covered ball of coiled up worm under rocks in sandy/muddy shores.

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It's much different from the

It's much different from the tangled gloopy lines I've seen, but google images shows similar.

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Tangled gloop

Thanks Chris. Most of the worm is still in a tangled mucosal gloop at the back of the pic, but I wanted it to unfurl a little to show its head which it kindly did! There a lots of other Nermertines in the UK but none that can be confused with this one, on size alone.

Nick Upton, naturalist and photographer.