Thylacodes sipho

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common worm-shell
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T. sipho
Binomial name
Thylacodes sipho
(Lamarck 1818)
Synonyms
  • Vermetus decussatus Gmelin, 1791
  • Serpula siphoLamarck, 1818
  • Serpula sulcataLamarck, 1818
  • Vermetus dentiferusLamarck, 1818
  • Vermetus arenarius Quoy & Gaimard, 1834
  • Thylacodes dentiferus repens Mörch, 1862
  • Vermetus longifilisMörch, 1862

Thylacodes sipho the common worm-shell is a species of sea snail, a worm shell, a marine gastropod mollusc in the family Vermetidae, the worm snails.

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Distribution

Endemic to Australia, found in all coastal states, more common in the south. The habitat is subtidal exposed reefs and rock platforms.

Description

Living in an irregularly coiled shell, up to 70 mm long, with a tube diameter of 4 to 10 mm. The early whorls of the shell are attached to a substrate such as rocks or shells, sometimes in aggregated groups. Feeding is on organic matter, trapped in strings of mucous, there is no operculum. [1] [2] [3] [4]

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References

  1. "Thylacodes sipho". The Atlas of Living Australia. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  2. "Thylacodes sipho". Molluscs of Tasmania. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  3. "Thylacodes sipho". Solitary Islands Underwater Research Group, Inc. Retrieved 8 August 2019.
  4. "Thylacodes sipho". Sea Shells of New South Wales. Retrieved 8 August 2019.