What is this little guy?

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Sharkb8
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What is this little guy?

Post by Sharkb8 » Fri Jul 05, 2019 6:46 pm

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I saw a couple of these little guys over memorial day weekend in the shallows at Madrona Wall on Vancouver Island. I am thinking it is some sort of very juvenile gunnel or prickleback, but I really have no idea. It was about the size of a dime and really colorful.
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YellowEye
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Re: What is this little guy?

Post by YellowEye » Fri Jul 05, 2019 8:52 pm

A worm, not sure what kind without my id book.

Hope you had fun!

I've only dove that site once before. Right during the herring spawn. Needless to say the viz wasn't too good... We never found the wall!

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Re: What is this little guy?

Post by Tidepool Geek » Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:25 am

Greetings,

I think that it's a White-Lined Ribbon Worm (Quasitetrastemma nigrifrons) http://www.marinespecies.org/nemertea/p ... pic=117171

It is described on page 69 of Beneath Pacific Tides by Greg Jensen and on page 120 of Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest by Andy Lamb (under an older name).

Hope this helps,
Alex

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Re: What is this little guy?

Post by Sharkb8 » Mon Jul 08, 2019 8:49 am

Tidepool Geek wrote:
Sat Jul 06, 2019 9:25 am
Greetings,

I think that it's a White-Lined Ribbon Worm (Quasitetrastemma nigrifrons) http://www.marinespecies.org/nemertea/p ... pic=117171
I think you are correct! I thought for sure that those were poorly developed eyes on the end.
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