polychaete

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polychaete

any marine ANNELID worm of the order Polychaeta, including both errant (moving) and tubicolous (mainly sedentary) forms. They are characterized by the presence of CHAETAE carried on parapodia (projections from the body) and in errant forms the head is well developed. Fertilization is external. The group includes Nereids (bristle worms such as the ragworm), tube worms and fan worms.
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Hydrodynamic enhancement of larval settlement in the bivalve Mulinia lateralis (Say) and the polychete Capitella sp.
Quatrieme note preliminaire sur les Polychetes provenant des campagnes de l'Hirondelle et de la Princesse-Alice, ou deposees dans le Musee Oceanographique de Monaco.
Across the geographical range, a total of 60 prey items were identified (Table 2): 40 crustaceans, 9 fishes, 3 cephalopods, 7 snails, and 1 polychetes.
Les annelids polychetes des cotes de France (Manche et Ocean).
Metamorphose retardee chez les larves de polychetes et modele d'acquisition de la vie benthique.
In 1981, our group began the organized sampling of polychetes on board the R/V El Puma in the sublittoral zone of the Mexican Pacific that continues to this day.