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Family: Chaetopteridae (See list of species below)

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26 species with fin ray counts including ? spines in dorsal and ? in anal fins (see list below)


Chaetopterus variopedatus
[fairy tubeworm]
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Mesochaetopterus alipes
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Mesochaetopterus capensis
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Mesochaetopterus crypticus
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Mesochaetopterus laevis
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Mesochaetopterus mexicanus
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Mesochaetopterus minutus
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Mesochaetopterus rickettsii
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Mesochaetopterus rogeri
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Mesochaetopterus sagittarius
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Mesochaetopterus taylori
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Phyllochaetopterus arabicus
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Phyllochaetopterus claparedii
[tangled-straw three-section tubeworm]
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Phyllochaetopterus limicolus
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Phyllochaetopterus major
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Phyllochaetopterus prolifica
[chaetopterid worm]
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Phyllochaetopterus socialis
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Phyllochaetopterus verrilli
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Sasekumaria selangora
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Spiochaetopterus bonhourei
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Spiochaetopterus claparedii
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Spiochaetopterus costarum
[glassy tube worm]
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Spiochaetopterus oculatus
[cellophane tube worm]
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Spiochaetopterus patagonicus
[glass worm]
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Spiochaetopterus solitarius
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Spiochaetopterus typicus
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26 Species of Family Chaetopteridae
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Sort by: Species Length
Scientific Name English Name Distribution Max. Length (cm)
Chaetopterus variopedatus fairy tubeworm Antarctic, Atlantic, the
Mesochaetopterus alipes Eastern Pacific
Mesochaetopterus capensis Western Central Atlantic
Mesochaetopterus crypticus Western Indian Ocean
Mesochaetopterus laevis Eastern Pacific
Mesochaetopterus mexicanus Eastern Pacific
Mesochaetopterus minutus Indo-Pacific.
Mesochaetopterus rickettsii Eastern Pacific
Mesochaetopterus rogeri Mediterranean Sea.
Mesochaetopterus sagittarius Indo-West Pacific and the
Mesochaetopterus taylori Western Atlantic and East
Phyllochaetopterus arabicus Western Indian Ocean
Phyllochaetopterus claparedii tangled-straw three-section tubeworm Northern Pacific
Phyllochaetopterus limicolus Eastern Pacific
Phyllochaetopterus major Western Central Pacific a
Phyllochaetopterus prolifica chaetopterid worm Eastern Pacific. 30 H
Phyllochaetopterus socialis Indo-Pacific and the Medi
Phyllochaetopterus verrilli Eastern Pacific
Sasekumaria selangora Western Pacific
Spiochaetopterus bonhourei Western Indian Ocean
Spiochaetopterus claparedii Western Central Atlantic
Spiochaetopterus costarum glassy tube worm Northern Pacific, Western
Spiochaetopterus oculatus cellophane tube worm Western Central Atlantic
Spiochaetopterus patagonicus glass worm Southeast Pacific
Spiochaetopterus solitarius Mediterranean Sea.
Spiochaetopterus typicus Northeast Atlantic, Arcti



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