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sand crabs

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yeah the bait guys have been doing well the sand crabs. They thread blood

worms up the leader, then hook a sand crab to the end of it. the only problem is that the perch like it too...

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Pile-worm

Neanthes succinea

ORDER

Phyllodocida

FAMILY

Nereidae

TAXONOMY\ nNereis succinea (Neanthes) Frey and Leuckart, 1847, North Sea.

OTHER COMMON NAMES

English: Bristleworm.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Body is usually red in color, reaching up to 7.4 in (19 cm). Head with four large eyes, small antennae, and long palps. Pharynx bears chitinous jaws and small teeth (paragnaths). Parapodia are well developed with bristles.

DISTRIBUTION

Cosmopolitan in temperate and tropical waters.

HABITAT

Found from intertidal zone to subtidal regions in mud and sand and under rocks as infaunal organism, as well as in dock-fouling communities of marinas, hiding between mussel and oyster beds as part of the epifauna. Being an euryhaline species, it is also found in estuarine regions.

BEHAVIOR

Active crawler at night; hidden during daytime when it constructs a mucous-lined tube.

FEEDING ECOLOGY AND DIET

The jawed eversible proboscis is used to capture small invertebrates or graze on detritus and plant material. Usually feeds at night.

REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY

Sexes are separated. During breeding season, it becomes epitokous (modified forms filled with gametes called heteronereids) and individuals swim together stimulated by pheromones, releasing gametes in water where fertilization takes place.

CONSERVATION STATUS

Not listed by the IUCN.

SIGNIFICANCE TO HUMANS

Larva is preyed upon by fishes and birds that feed in water column.

 

and they BITE!!!!

 

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