Sand mason (Lanice conchilega)

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Sand mason

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  • The sand mason constructs tubes out of mud, sand and broken shell fragments.
  • Sand masons use their tentacles to trap food particles.
  • Sand masons often occur in large numbers of up to 20,000 individuals per square metre.
  • Juvenile sand masons often attach themselves to an exposed section of the adult’s tube to prevent being washed away.
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Sand mason description

KingdomAnimalia
PhylumAnnelida
ClassPolychaeta
OrderCanalipalpata
FamilyTerebellidae
GenusLanice (1)

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Sand mason status

The sand mason has not yet been assessed by the IUCN.

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This information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible. If you are able to help please contact:
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References

  1. ITIS (December, 2012)
    http://www.itis.gov/index.html
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