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(Rathke, 1843)

Description:
Body U-shaped, dorsally arched, ventrally flat.
Sixteen thoracic chaetigerous segments.
Epidermis densely papillated with filamentous papillae, encrusted with sand.
Prostomium and peristomium without eyes, with two grooved palps and 30-100 short filamentous gills in two groups, retractile.
Notopodial chaetae long capillaries, 2-11 per segment.
Neuropodial chaetae of the first chaetiger capillary, the others 3-4 very brittle, distally bent spines (B. villosa-detail).

Size:
Up to 40 mm for 35 segments.

Colour:
Living animal greenish. In alcohol grey or brownish.

Habitat:
Sublittoral to 2000 m.

Distribution:
Antarctic and Subantarctic, Arctic, North Pacific, North Atlantic to Mediterranean, North Sea to Öresund.

Brada villosa