Chaetopterus sp. (Polychaeta: Chaetopteridae) from the Faroe Islands, compared to species likely to inhabit the area

Student thesis: Master's Thesis


Chaetopterus worms are tube dwelling polychaetes inhabiting the marine sediment. They feed on suspended particles which are caught in a mucus net as the water flows through the tube. A detailed morphological description of Chaetopterus sp. is given based on a collection of thirty-five specimens which were sampled for the purpose of this thesis. This description has been compared to five previous described species and one undescribed. Even though there are a number of resemblances between Chaetopterus sp. and Chaetopterus valencinii (de Quatrefages, 1866) it cannot be concluded whether these are the same species.
Date of Award2010
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • Náttúruvísindadeildin - Faculty of Science and Technology
SupervisorEyðfinn Magnussen (Supervisor) & Eyðfinn Magnussen (Supervisor)


  • Chaetopterus sp.
  • Polychaeta
  • Chaetopteridae

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