Chaetopterus pugaporcinus

Author: Osborn et al., 2007


Size: 10 - 21 mm

General: Capable of producing blue and green bioluminescence. Exhibits a combination of larval and adult characteristics. May possibly be feeding on sinking marine "snow" particles caught in mucous web.

Geographic Information

Published depth range: 875 - 1221 m

Habitat description: Mesopelagic; adults in this family are typically benthic or tubiculous.

Additional Information

Consulting taxonomist: Karen Osborn, Smithsonian Natural History Museum.


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Osborn, K.J., G.W. Rouse, S.K. Goffredi, and B.H. Robison (2007). Description and relationships of Chaetopterus pugaporcinus, an unusual pelagic polychaete (Annelida, Chaetopteridae). Biological Bulletin, 212: 40-54.

Citation: Chaetopterus pugaporcinus (Osborn et al., 2007) Deep-Sea Guide (DSG) at http://dsg/ Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI). Consulted on 2022-08-18.
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