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|Cossura consimilis|| Cossuridae (cossurid)
Scolecida (Annelida: Polychaeta)
|Cossura consimilis Read, 2000. Family Cossuridae|
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|Habitat:||Intertidal. Soft shore. . Mud, muddy sands Infaunal. Depth range: 0-2330 (m). Salinity regime: Harbour-like variation. Microhabitat: Little known but presumably free-burrowing near surface Tube: none|
|Occurrence:|| Common. Density: 2000 (m2).
Distribution in NZ: New Zealand wide, including deep-sea.
|Feeding guild:||Selective surface deposit-feeding.|
|Diagnosis:||Genus Cossura in Family Cossuridae.
Dorsal filament originating from ant. median surface of chaetiger 3. Ant. Region of at least 28 chaetigers, and adult body with a total of at least 90 chaetigers. Capillary chaetae only. Spine chaetae absent. Pygidium divided vertically into two lobes, with three long cirri. Colour: Pale body. Maximum size: 17 mm total length, 0.34 mm body width.
|Notable aspect:||Single well-attached dorsal filament. Almost never lost when in preservative.|
|Comparisons:||There are no confusable taxa.|
|Taxonomy:||Not recorded from NZ until 1950's, and not described until 2000.|
|Distribution:||Endemic. Unknown. Awaiting resolution of Australian Cossura taxonomy|
|Biology:||Little known small thread-like worms. Occasionally common in the shallows of estuaries and harbours. Juveniles may be passive drifters postsettlement. Rarely collected intact|
|Best References:||Biology: No recommendation. Taxonomy: Read (2000) Taxonomy and distribution of a new Cossura species (Annelida: Polychaeta: Cossuridae) from New Zealand. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 113:1096-1110.|
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