General Feature

   Most Lumbrineridae are free living, burrowing forms. They burrow in sand, mud, between algal hold-fasts and plant-roots. They occur on sandy and muddy bottoms in shallow depths. Some species, however, appear in large numbers in deep-water areas. 

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Prostomium and parapodia

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   Prostomium is rounded to conical. No palps, no eyes and no antennae found. 

   Head appendages and tentacular cirri are also absent.

   Lumbrineridae have well-developed mandible and maxillae. 

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Parapodia and Setae

   Parapodia are uniramous. Some species have dorsal cirri.

   Setae include winged capillaries and simple or compound hooded hooks.

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lumbrineridae(S)2.jpg (18975 bytes)Capillary setae



Amphinomidae Dorvilleidae Eunicidae Glyceridae Goniadidae Hesionidae Lumbrineridae Nephytidae Nereidae Onuphidae Phyllodocidae Pilargiidae Polynoidae Sigalionidae

Developed by: P. L. Chan     Last modified: 4 April,00