Tony Whitehead's picture

Sipunculus sp?

Observed: 23rd March 2013 By: Tony WhiteheadTony Whitehead’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

More images of possible Sipunculus sp on Dawlish beach

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ChrisMcA's picture

I'm still pretty bullish

I'm still pretty bullish about it being a sipunculan; did you by any chance collect it. Also did you see both ends & what were they like (where they open,etc)?

Tony Whitehead's picture

Sipunculan

Hi Chris, no we didn't collect the wee beastie. The ends I noticed were bulbous but I didn't look closely so I couldn't attest to openings etc. all the best, Tony

dejayM's picture

scale?

I am close to agreeing Sipuncula - surely it IS? Scale/size would help me decide.
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dshubble's picture

Sipunculus

Ditto - certainly phylum Sipuncula, but not a group I know very well...

Dave

ChrisMcA's picture

On the 'sister site'

On the 'sister site' http://www.ispot.org.uk/node/319889 Tony said 10-12", just right for Sipunculus nudus. There's a surprising amount on the net about the phylum sipuncula. EOL at http://eol.org/pages/8871/overview describes them & has 177 photos
Species-identification describes 11 UK species alphabetically starting at Aspidosiphon at http://species-identification.org/species.php?species_group=macrobenthos....
http://sipuncula.lifedesks.org/image has a gallery with many uk species.
The list of 20 uk species is at http://www.nhm.ac.uk/research-curation/scientific-resources/biodiversity... (CLICK members of Sipuncula)

dejayM's picture

interesting..

Gosh, GOODNESS even, what an interesting group!
I HAVE agreed - it must be a Sipunculus. The only evidence I have is a picture and the InterWebThing! Am I asking for a rebuke?

Tony - some better ID Notes would still help and scale IN the picture (too late for that though)
It's scale that we often overlook when excited!
Now I've seen the other posting....
A FOOT long! If I'd've known that, I'd've switched off my monitor!
ðj