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(Claparède, 1870)

Body of uniform width with a tapering posterior end. Prostomium pentagonal, eyes medium-sized. Proximal part of proboscis with about 25-30 more or less well-defined rows of about fifteen papillae. Distal part with six longitudinal rows of well-defined tubercles and a terminal ring of about seventeen papillae. Segment 1 not visible dorsally. Tentacular cirri of segment 1 reaching about segment 7. Dorsal and ventral tentacular cirri of segment 2 reaching about segment 15-18 and segment 7 respectively. Dorsal tentacular cirri of segment 3 reaching about segment 13. A small number of chaetae present on segment 3. Dorsal cirri of median segments oblong-cordate to rectangular. Parapodial lobes with upper lip slightly larger than lower. Ventral cirri pointed, longer than parapodial lobes (P. lineata-detail). Pygidial cirri not observed.

Preserved specimen 200 mm long for about 300 segments.

Living specimens with dark pigmentation on prostomium anterior to eyes. Eyes dark red. Dorsum with dark pigmentation laterally, and centred on pseudosegmental areas forming a distinct median line. Ventral pigmentation much lighter. Pigmentation preserves well.

Tidally and subtidally; muddy sand or mud.

From both the west and east coasts of Scotland to the Mediterranean.

Phyllodoce lineata