tentacles of this species
are unbranched, small and fingerlike, and are arranged in 1-2 circles
the mouth. The introvert
does not have dark blotches and streaks nor a row of hooks near its
end, and its length is less than half the body length. The
very rough and dark brown (photo).
4 retractor muscles.
Golfingia vulgaris (Blainville, 1827)
Common name(s): Peanut worm
|Golfingia vulgaris found in soft
bottom at 120 m depth west
of Yellow Island, San Juan Channel, WA. The anterior end with
introvert is to the right.
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles,
How to Distinguish from
Similar Species: Phascolosoma
agasssizi has an introvert
with dark streaks and blotches, plus its tentacles are in a crescent
to the mouth. Golfingia
pugettensis has smooth, light-colored skin and a
are many subspecies of this species, widely distributed.
The genus name Golfingia
was created by E. Ray Lankester to celebrate a holiday he spent golfing
at Saint Andrews in 1885.
Kozloff 1987, 1996
General Notes and
abundances, unusual behaviors:
This closeup of the skin shows the rough, brown texture.
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