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Pseudopolydora cf. kempi
Image courtesy of Leslie Harris, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Pseudopolydora cf. kempi
Taxonomic Group: Annelids-Polychaetes
Common name: SPIONID WORM


Pseudopolydora cf. kempi is a species complex of tube-building estuarine and marine spionid polychaetes. It was described from Kolkata, India and has a wide global distribution. Its native range is believed to be the Indo-Pacific with introduced populations in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Central America and the West Coast of the US (British Columbia to California). Populations from different localities show small differences in morphology and larval development, and molecular studies are needed to untangle the taxonomy, biogeography, and invasion history of this group. It is typically found in intertidal mudflats and shallow, muddy subtidal waters, often with low or variable salinity.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT (2018)
National Exotic Marine and Estuarine Species Information System.
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