Mozambique • Annelida, segmented worms

The identifications were only made on the basis of the photographs which is very hazardous for most of the species. As a consequence the Latin names might not be accurate.
The books used for the identification are listed: bibliography.

Annelids form a monophiletic group (a common ancestor and all its descendants) of sgmented wormes. Among them earthworms and leeches. Their body is cylindrical and segmented with a bilateral symetry. They can be found in wet environment: earth, fresh water, sea... There is around 15,000 species. The group can be split this way:
• Clitellata: Oligochaeta, Hirudinea (Leeches)
Polychaeta
Althought there are marine oligochaetes, you will only find here representatives of Polychaetes/

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ANNELIDA, Polychaeta
Protula sp.
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Serpulidae
Cf. Protula sp.
cf. Filograna implexa
Could it be Filograna implexa Berkeley 1828, a polychaete flat worm from the Serpulidae family ? Or Seriatopora hystrix Dana, 1846, a stony corals (Scleractinia), or Acanthodesia savartii (Audouin, 1826), a bryozoan...
Last update 16/10/06
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