Eudistylia vancouveri: Northern Feather Duster worm–The Race Rocks Taxonomy


Eudistylia vancouveri: photo by G.Fletcher

The Feather Duster Tube worm is often associated with floating docks on the southern part of Vancouver Island. At Race Rocks, there are no floating docks but Eudistylia inhabits the protected rock crevasses of the lower intertidal zone. It can not withstand drying out too long so being in this tidal level will provide a maximum of an hour exposure at the lowest tides. While exposed in the air, their feather like gills are retracted, and the leathery parchment-like tubes are pinched closed at the opening. Underwater, the gills when released, are often banded a deep red and purple colour.

Domain Eukarya
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Annelida
Class Polychaeta
Order Canalipalpata
Suborder Sabellida
Family Sabellidae
Genus Eudistylia
Species vancouveri
Common Name: Northern Feather Duster Worm
This file is provided as part of a collaborative effort by the students, faculty, staff, and volunteers of
Lester B. Pearson College
Garry Fletcher