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Capitella capitata   (Fabricius, 1780)

Native range | All suitable habitat | Point map | Year 2100
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Classification / Names Common names | Synonyms | CoL | ITIS | WoRMS

Polychaeta | Not assigned | Capitellidae

Environment: milieu / climate zone / depth range / distribution range Ecology

Benthic; brackish; depth range 0 - 2700 m (Ref. 119523).  Polar; 27°C - 28°C (Ref. 87155)

Distribution Countries | FAO areas | Ecosystems | Occurrences | Introductions

Cosmopolitan: mainly in the northern hemisphere. Tropical to polar.

Length at first maturity / Size / Weight / Age

Maturity: Lm ?  range ? - ? cm Max length : 8.0 cm TL male/unsexed; (Ref. 75621)

Biology     Glossary (e.g. epibenthic)

Length based on occurrence record. Megabenthic species (Ref. 2952). Found in all sediment types but particularly in coarse to very fine substrate, very rarely in sediment without mud (Refs. 7882, 96352). Known from rocky shores, seagrass beds, cold seeps, hydrothermal vents, oxygen-minimum zones, whale carcasses. Depth ranges from intertidal, infralittoral, circalittoral to bathyal along gulfs and estuaries (Refs. 87155, 96352). Feeding type can vary from being a carnivore to a detritus feeder, to a grazer (Ref. 87155). Treated as a marine organic pollution indicator (Ref. 96352).

Life cycle and mating behavior Maturity | Reproduction | Spawning | Eggs | Fecundity | Larvae

Members of the class Polychaeta are mostly gonochoric (sexual). Mating: Females produce a pheromone attracting and signalling the males to shed sperm which in turn stimulates females to shed eggs, this behavior is known as swarming. Gametes are spawned through the metanephridia or body wall rupturing (termed as "epitoky", wherein a pelagic, reproductive individual, "epitoke", is formed from a benthic, nonreproductive individual, "atoke"). After fertilization, most eggs become planktonic; although some are retained in the worm tubes or burrowed in jelly masses attached to the tubes (egg brooders). Life Cycle: Eggs develop into trocophore larva, which later metamorph into juvenile stage (body lengthened), and later develop into adults.

Main reference References | Coordinator | Collaborators

López-Jamar, E., G. González and J. Mejuto. 1986. (Ref. 2778)

IUCN Red List Status (Ref. 127697)

CITES status (Ref. 108899)

Not Evaluated

CMS (Ref. 116361)

Not Evaluated

Threat to humans

Human uses

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Egg development
Mass conversion

Internet sources

BHL | BOLD Systems | CISTI | DiscoverLife | FAO(Publication : search) | GenBank (genome, nucleotide) | GloBI | Gomexsi | Google Books | Google Scholar | Google | PubMed | Tree of Life | Wikipedia (Go, Search) | Zoological Record

Estimates of some properties based on models

Preferred temperature (Ref. 115969): 1.1 - 14.2, mean 5.9 (based on 1762 cells).
Vulnerability (Ref. 71543): Low vulnerability (10 of 100).
Price category (Ref. 80766): Unknown.