Pionosyllis sp. : Necklace worm– Race Rocks Taxonomy


Pionosyllis sp. necklace worm , photo by Ryan Murphy



This annelid has only been observed a few times at Race Rocks, this photo was taken by Johan Ashuvud (PC yr 5) in 1980.

In Marine Life of the Pacific Northwest, this species is referred to as the “mystery necklace worm” .Detailed examination of the palps, teeth, cirri and chaeta are necessary for identification.

Below is another annelid from the gallery of images taken by Ryan Murphy in 2010 when he was Ecoguardian at Race Rocks.


Domain: Eukarya
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order:  Aciculata
Family:  Syllidae ?
Genus: Pionosyllis ?
Species sp:
Common Name: Necklace worm?
Other Members of the Phylum Annelida at Race Rock

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