Two New Species of Deep-Sea Worms Discovered

Date: August 26, 2020

Source: Sci News
Author: Natali Anderson

An international team of marine biologists has described two new species of the polychaete worm genus Melinnopsis from deep waters off the east coast of Australia.

Polychaete worms are closely related to leeches and earthworms and together make up the phylum Annelida.

These segmented worms are among the most common marine organisms, and can be found living in the depths of the ocean, floating free near the surface, or burrowing in the mud and sand of the beach. Some, such as Eunice gigantea, may reach 3 m (10 feet) long.

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