early polychaete larva

early polychaete larva

Collected: North Inlet, SC.

Notes: This is an early stage of a polychaete larva before segmentation begins.

This unknown polychaete may be a spionid. Members of the Family Spionidae are often the most abundant polychaete larvae in Atlantic nearshore waters.

Photographed by: Brock Renkas, Baruch Marine Lab, University of South Carolina