Distribution of Lugworms

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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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NEWELL, G., CHAPMAN, G. Distribution of Lugworms. Nature 162, 75 (1948) doi:10.1038/162075a0

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