nemertean worm, which
can be up to 3m long, has a proboscis pore separate from the mouth,
of which are on the ventral side of the head. The head, which
a broadly rounded cephalic lobe, has no cephalic slits, no eyespots,
no anteroventral grooves. The body is a uniform bright
no white stripes or lines. When contracted (see
picture) it may be nearly as thick as a pencil.
Tubulanus polymorphus Renier, 1804
C. rubra, C. polymorphus, Nemertes elegans, Tubulanus elegans, T.
T. rubra, T. speciosus, Valencia splendida, Sifonentero elegante,
elegans, Ofiocefalo polimorfo, Ophycephalus polymorphus
|Tubulanus polymorphus, contracted
size, found in mud at Padilla
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles
How to Distinguish from
Similar Species: Most
similar species have white stripes or lines, and may have some white on
the head, and are ochre or brownish rather than bright orange.
Range: Aleutian Island,
Alaska to Piedras Blancas Point, central CA
Depth Range: Low
intertidal and subtidal
stones embedded in
gravel, in mud, or among mussels or seaweed.
History: Females have
many eggs during the summer. Development is rapid and direct.
and Carlton, 1975
et al., 1980
A web site: A
page in Nemertes: Portal to the nemertean universe
General Notes and
Observations: Locations, abundances,
This individual is in a tidepool at Swirl Rocks, WA. Photo by
Dave Cowles June 21, 2005
Authors and Editors of Page:
Dave Cowles (2004): Created original page