*Department of Zoology, The University, Bristol.
Burrowing behaviour in the European lugworm Arenicola marina (Polychaeta: Arenicolidae)
Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
Journal of Zoology
Volume 164, Issue 1, pages 93–132, May 1971
How to Cite
Seymour, M. K. (1971), Burrowing behaviour in the European lugworm Arenicola marina (Polychaeta: Arenicolidae). Journal of Zoology, 164: 93–132. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-7998.1971.tb01299.x
- Issue published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Article first published online: 20 AUG 2009
- Accepted 13 October 1970
A detailed analysis is presented of the mechanism of burrowing in Arenicola marina (L.). The following were recorded electronically, using further developments of the techniques introduced by Trueman: movement into the sand, internal pressure at various points in the body, external pressure in the surrounding sand. The results are interpreted in relation to direct visual observation of the burrowing process. The structural and functional specializations of the lugworm for burrowing and the factors concerned in the release and control of burrowing activity, are discussed.