• Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Annelida
  • Class: Polychaeta
  • Subclass: Sedentaria
  • Order: Terebellida
  • Family: Cirratulidae
  • Scientific name: Cirratulus cirratus
  • Norwegian: -


This fringed worm has a thin, fragile body with 75-130 segments. It can grow to a length of 12 cm. The color is usually pale orange, pink or reddish brown. The head is shaped as a blunt cone. There is a row of 4-8 black eyes on each side, just behind the first segment. The gills are of similar size to the tentacles, and run from the first segment and almost to the tail end.


It can appear in large numbers in areas with high concentrations of organic waste. It usually lives buried in mud or sand or under rocks.


There are registrations from across the North Sea, as well as from the South Atlantic. Probably widespread in the Atlantic Ocean.