Golfingia vulgaris (Blainville, 1827)
Common name(s): Peanut worm
|Golfingia vulgaris found in soft bottom at 120 m depth west of Yellow Island, San Juan Channel, WA. The anterior end with the introvert is to the right.|
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles, July 2007)|
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Phascolosoma agasssizi has an introvert with dark streaks and blotches, plus its tentacles are in a crescent dorsal to the mouth. Golfingia pugettensis has smooth, light-colored skin and a longer introvert.
Biology/Natural History: There
are many subspecies of this species, widely distributed.
The genus name Golfingia was created by E. Ray Lankester to celebrate a holiday he spent golfing at Saint Andrews in 1885.
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General Notes and Observations: Locations,
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This closeup of the skin shows the rough, brown texture.