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Distribution of Lugworms

Nature volume 162, page 75 (10 July 1948) | Download Citation



ON the muddy sand of the Whitstable flats the casts made by the large population of Arenicola marina L. do not appear to be distributed in random manner at all times of the year. During the summer months there are straight lines, a foot or two wide, along which the casts, and very probably the worms, are more numerous than they are on the adjacent parts of the shore. There is no mistaking these lines, which appear clearly in photographs of the shore. They may be a hundred yards long and are apparently arranged in all directions, being neither all parallel with, nor all at right angles to, high or low tide marks.

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  1. Department of Zoology, Queen Mary College, Mile End Road, London, E.1. June 2.

    • G. E. NEWELL


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