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The body is slender, 6-15 mm long when on

the gills and 20-70 mm when sexually mature . The color is yellowish

orange, pale reddish, rose pink, or bright brick red . The posterior

proboscis chamber is very small and rounded . The central stylet lies

immediately posterior to the brain, when the worm is in the ordinary

states of contraction . The slender basis measures about 25-30 μ in length

by 6-8 μ in average diameter . The central stylet is about 8-12 μ long, or

about /3 to /2 the length of the basis. The worm lives on the gills when

young, migrating to the egg masses where it reaches sexual maturity.

(Coe, 1902 referenced in Humes, 1942)


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© Keen, Eric

Source: Nemertea

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