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Turnbull, Frederick M. (1876). On the anatomy and habits of Nereis virens. Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences. 3: 265-280, plates XLII-XLIV.
Turnbull, Frederick M.
On the anatomy and habits of <i>Nereis virens</i>.
Transactions of the Connecticut Academy of Arts and Sciences
3: 265-280, plates XLII-XLIV
World Polychaeta Database (WPolyDb). Published: August 1876
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The Nereis (Alitta) virens, which is one of the largest and most common of our marine annelids, is found under stones or burrowing in the sand and mud of sheltered shores, both at low-water mark, and at a considerable distance farther up. It grows to the length of eighteen inches or more, and is quite stout in its proportions.
It is very active and voracious, feeding on other worms and various kinds of marine animals which it finds when burrowing in the sand. It will even devour its own immediate relatives, if hungry when it meets them. It suddenly thrusts out its proboscis and seizes its prey with the two powerful jaws, then withdraws the proboscis, the jaws closing at the same time. In this way it will tear large pieces from the body of its victim, being able, at one bite, to cut in two a worm of its own size. One which I had confined in a small dish of water, bit its own body in two pieces at the middle. As the proboscis is turned inside out, when it is protruded, whatever has been siezed by the jaws will be drawn by them inside the proboscis as soon as the latter resumes its natural position, the proboscis then acting as a sort of gizzard.
America, North
North-western Atlantic
Western Atlantic warm temperate to boreal
Internal anatomy
Systematics, Taxonomy
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According to the synonymy in McIntosh (1910) the usage by Turnbull (1876) may be almost the first such use of ... [details]

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