Description: This Nemertean worm is a light brown or brownish orange dorsally, and pale cream or light orange ventrally. The dorsal side of the head is lighter in color but has two well-defined darker or even black spots or pigment patches next to the lighter dorsal midline of the head. This is likely the reason for the 'bimaculutus' in the name. Numerous eyes (up to 25-30 per side) can be found along the sides of the head. They also have several eyes just lateral to the posterior end of the pigment patches on the head. The pigment patches often taper out to a sharp point in front. The center of the dorsal side behind the head has two light stripes (marked by slight ridges in this individual), separated by a dorsomedian darker line. This line fades out farther back on the body. Length up to 12 cm and up to 6 mm wide and 2 mm thick.
Geographical Range: Northern Alaska to northern Mexico
Depth Range: Intertidal to 137 m
Habitat: Have been found under rocks, among hydroids, and on piers
The individual above has probably lost the back
part of its body. The mid-dorsal stripe on its head seems to
a double ridge which extends back posterior to the head (photo).
General Notes and Observations: Locations, abundances, unusual behaviors:
The animal has a pair of raised longitudinal middorsal ridges
white on its head). The ridges, separated by a darker
pigmented area, continue back along the body for several times the
length of the head then fade out.
This view of the side of the head shows rows of numerous black eyes. Photo by Dave Cowles, July 2012
This view of the underside of the head (the worm is crawling on the water's surface film) shows the anterior but ventral mouth. Photo by Dave Cowles, July 2012
Authors and Editors of Page:
Dave Cowles (2012): Created original page
CSS coding for page developed by Jonathan Cowles (2007)
Salish Sea Invertebrates web site provided courtesy of Walla Walla University