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Hobsonia florida
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Hobsonia florida
Taxonomic Group: Annelids-Polychaetes


Hobsonia florida is a small, tube-dwelling polychaete first described from the Gulf coast of Florida. Its native range spans from Maine to Texas along the eastern coast of North America. A population has been reported from Venezuela, but its origin status is unknown or cryptogenic. It is introduced on the west coast, spanning from Oregon to British Columbia. It is characteristic of brackish conditions within estuaries and can be found in mudflats, tide-pools, tidal ponds, saltmarshes, and eelgrass beds. It can tolerate a wide range of temperature and salinity. It is an abundant infaunal deposit feeder in its introduced range, but no negative impacts have been reported.

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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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