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(Savigny, 1816)


External appearance
Solitary. Body globular to ovoid, up to 40 mm in diameter. Test thick, leathery, wrinkled, bearing fine hairs with adhering sand, shells, etc.

Both siphons large and 4-lobed. About 20 branched branchial tentacles of variable size. Branchial sac with numerous rows of straight stigmata; with about 8 branchial folds on each side; longitudinal bars present. Gut left of branchial sac; stomach bearing many diverticula forming a complex liver. One large sac-like gonad one on each side, the left gonad covering much of the intestine (M. claudicans morphology).

Attached to hard substrata; from shallow water down to about 40 metres.

From the British Isles down to the Mediterranean.

Microcosmus claudicans