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Clymenella torquata
Image courtesy of Woods Hole ( marine invertebrates class (2005)
Clymenella torquata
Taxonomic Group: Annelids-Polychaetes
Common name: BAMBOO WORM


Clymenella torquata is a head-down tube-dwelling polychaete with a slender body. It has elongated body segments and poorly defined parapodia. It is native to the Northwest Atlantic, where it spans from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to Texas. Beyond its native range, populations are known from England, British Columbia and Washington. It is found in mud, sand, and gravel habitats and can tolerate a wide range of temperatures and salinities. In its native and introduced ranges, it can develop dense populations, having significant effects on the quality of surrounding sediment. In Samish Bay, Washington, where it has recently invaded, it has had adverse effects on habitats and Pacific Oyster (Crassostrea gigas) culture.

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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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