Scale worms

Scale worms

Invertebrates Polynoidae Scale worms are bristle worms that do not look much like worms, as they are flat, broad and often hairy. As their name implies they are covered by scales along their entire back for protection. They do not bury into the sediment as most other...
Bristle worms

Bristle worms

Invertebrates Polychaeta Bristle worms are very common in the ocean and many are large and conspicuous. If you find a worm on the seashore, it is most likely a bristle worm. All of them have appendages (called parapodia) and bristles (hairs) on the appendages. These...
Northern horse mussel

Northern horse mussel

Invertebrates Modiolus modiolus The northern horse mussel is very similar to the blue mussel in appearance but is considerably larger. Their ways of living are similar, as they are closely related. The horse mussel is found all around the country, but are generally...
Tube worms

Tube worms

Invertebrates Many species of bristle worms live all over the ocean bottom off Iceland and a few species are even planktonic. Most species are what we call infauna. That is, they live in burrows in the mud and are therefore rarely seen unless one digs into the...

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