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Hediste diversicolor (veelkleurige zeeduizendpoot; Ragworm; Nereida)

Synonyms: Neanthes diversicolor; Nereis brevimanus; Nereis depressa; Nereis diversicolor; Nereis sarsii; Nereis versicolor; Nereis viridis

Wikipedia Abstract

Hediste diversicolor, commonly known as a ragworm, is a polychaete worm in the family Nereidae. It lives in a burrow in the sand or mud of beaches and estuaries in intertidal zones in the north east Atlantic. This species is used in research but its classification is in dispute and in the literature it is often classified as Nereis diversicolor (O.F. Müller, 1776). Its specific name "diversicolor" refers to the fact that its colour changes from brown to green as the breeding season approaches.
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Protected Areas

Name IUCN Category Area acres Location Species Website Climate Land Use
Afon Teifi/ River Teifi 1768 Wales, United Kingdom  
Alde, Ore and Butley Estuaries 3859 England, United Kingdom
Bae Cemlyn/ Cemlyn Bay 107 Wales, United Kingdom  
Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast 160731 England/Scotland, United Kingdom  
Braunton Burrows 3328 England, United Kingdom
Carmarthen Bay and Estuaries/ Bae Caerfyrddin ac Aberoedd 163340 Wales, United Kingdom
Chesil and the Fleet 4032 England, United Kingdom
Dee Estuary/ Aber Dyfrdwy 39057 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Dornoch Firth and Morrich More 21499 Scotland, United Kingdom
Drigg Coast 3453 England, United Kingdom
Essex Estuaries 114016 England, United Kingdom
Fal and Helford 15785 England, United Kingdom    
Firth of Tay & Eden Estuary 38085 Scotland, United Kingdom
Humber Estuary 90582 England, United Kingdom
Loch Laxford 3018 Scotland, United Kingdom
Loch Moidart and Loch Shiel Woods 4341 Scotland, United Kingdom
Loch of Stenness 1957 Scotland, United Kingdom
Mòine Mhór 2843 Scotland, United Kingdom
Morecambe Bay 151985 England, United Kingdom
North Norfolk Coast 7926 England, United Kingdom  
North Uist Machair 7533 Scotland, United Kingdom
Pembrokeshire Marine/ Sir Benfro Forol 341177 Wales, United Kingdom  
Pen Llyn a`r Sarnau/ Lleyn Peninsula and the Sarnau 360832 Wales, United Kingdom
Plymouth Sound and Estuaries 15820 England, United Kingdom
River Usk/ Afon Wysg 2490 Wales, United Kingdom  
River Wye/ Afon Gwy 5523 England/Wales, United Kingdom  
Sefton Coast 11278 England, United Kingdom
Severn Estuary/ Môr Hafren 182155 England/Wales, United Kingdom
Solent Maritime 27985 England, United Kingdom
Solway Firth 107829 England/Scotland, United Kingdom
South Hams 320 England, United Kingdom  
Sunart 25320 Scotland, United Kingdom
The Wash and North Norfolk Coast 266284 England, United Kingdom
Tweed Estuary 385 England, United Kingdom  
Y Fenai a Bae Conwy/ Menai Strait and Conwy Bay 65440 Wales, United Kingdom  


Prey / Diet

Corophium volutator (mud shrimp)[1]
Crangon crangon (common shrimp)[1]
Hediste diversicolor (veelkleurige zeeduizendpoot)[1]
Jaera albifrons[1]
Neomysis integer[1]
Peringia ulvae (Laver spire shell)[2]
Pygospio elegans[2]

Prey / Diet Overlap

Competing SpeciesCommon Prey Count
Calidris alpina (Dunlin)2
Carcinus maenas (green crab)1
Crangon crangon (common shrimp)1
Platichthys flesus (North Atlantic flounder)1
Pleuronectes platessa (European plaice)1
Pluvialis apricaria (European Golden-Plover)1
Pomatoschistus microps (Common goby)1
Pomatoschistus minutus (freckled goby)1
Recurvirostra avosetta (Pied Avocet)1
Tadorna tadorna (Common Shelduck)1


Acipenser stellatus (Stellate Sturgeon)[1]
Actitis hypoleucos (Common Sandpiper)[3]
Alosa fallax (Twaite shad)[1]
Ammodytes tobianus (lesser sand eel)[1]
Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard)[2]
Anguilla anguilla (River eel)[1]
Aphanius iberus (Spanish Toothcarp)[4]
Calidris alpina (Dunlin)[5]
Charadrius alexandrinus (Snowy Plover)[3]
Charadrius hiaticula (Common Ringed Plover)[1]
Chelidonichthys lucerna (Sapphirine gurnard)[1]
Ciliata mustela (Rockling)[1]
Clupea harengus (Yawling)[1]
Conger conger (Conger)[1]
Crangon crangon (common shrimp)[1]
Dicentrarchus labrax (White salmon)[1]
Diplodus sargus (White seabream)[1]
Diplodus vulgaris (Twoband bream)[1]
Gadus morhua (rock cod)[1]
Gobius niger (Black goby)[1]
Gobius paganellus (Rock goby)[1]
Grus japonensis (Red-crowned Crane)[3]
Hediste diversicolor (veelkleurige zeeduizendpoot)[1]
Larus argentatus (Herring Gull)[2]
Larus canus (Mew Gull)[2]
Limanda limanda (Sand dab)[1]
Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit)[2]
Limosa limosa (Black-tailed Godwit)[6]
Loligo vulgaris (European Squid)[1]
Merlangius merlangus (Whiting)[1]
Palaemon elegans (rockpool prawn)[1]
Palaemonetes varians (Atlantic ditch shrimp)[1]
Pegusa lascaris (Sand sole)[1]
Pholis gunnellus (Tissy)[1]
Platichthys flesus (North Atlantic flounder)[1]
Pleuronectes platessa (European plaice)[1]
Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover)[1]
Pollachius pollachius (Pollock)[1]
Pollachius virens (Sillock)[1]
Pomatoschistus microps (Common goby)[2]
Pomatoschistus minutus (freckled goby)[1]
Recurvirostra avosetta (Pied Avocet)[2]
Salmo trutta (Brown trout)[1]
Solea senegalensis (Senegalese sole)[1]
Solea solea (True sole)[1]
Somateria mollissima (Common Eider)[1]
Symphodus melops (Gilt-head)[1]
Tadorna tadorna (Common Shelduck)[2]
Tringa totanus (Common Redshank)[1]
Trisopterus luscus (Whiting-pout)[1]
Trisopterus minutus (poor cod)[1]
Vanellus vanellus (Northern Lapwing)[1]
Zoarces viviparus (viviporous blenny)[1]


Mutual (symbiont) 
Cryptocotyle jejuna[1]
Deropristis inflata[1]
Gymnophalloides macomae[1]
Gymnophallus choledochus[1]
Gymnophallus somateriae[1]
Himasthla continua[1]
Himasthla elongata[1]
Levinseniella brachysoma[1]
Maritrema oocysta[1]
Maritrema subdolum[1]
Microphallus pirum[1]
Monorchis parvus[1]
Parvatrema minutum[1]
Psilochasmus oxyurus[1]
Psilostomum brevicolle[1]


Parasitized by 
Deropristis inflata[7]
Gymnophallus choledochus[1]
Himasthla militaris[7]
Lepidapedon elongatum[7]
Meiogymnophallus nereicola <Unverified Name>[7]
Proctoeces maculatus[7]


Baie de la Seine; Wimereux; Roscoff; Plymouth; Golfe Normanno-Breton; Wimereux; Muuga harbour (Port of Tallinn, Gulf of Finland); North East Baltic Sea; North East Baltic Sea; Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone; Greek Exclusive Economic Zone;



Attributes / relations provided by
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2Energy flow of a boreal intertidal ecosystem, the Sylt-Rømø Bight, Dan Baird, Harald Asmus, Ragnhild Asmus, Mar Ecol Prog Ser 279: 45–61, 2004
3del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona.
4Food of an endangered cyprinodont (Aphanius iberus): ontogenetic diet shift and prey electivity, Carles Alcaraz & Emili García-Berthou, Environmental Biology of Fishes (2007) 78:193–207
5Food Web Relationships of Northern Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca : a Synthesis of the Available Knowledge, Charles A. Simenstad, Bruce S. Miller, Carl F. Nyblade, Kathleen Thornburgh, and Lewis J. Bledsoe, EPA-600 7-29-259 September 1979
6Ward,S.D. & Bullock,D.J. 1988. The winter feeding ecology of the Black-tailed Godwit - a preliminary study. Wader Study Group Bull. 53:11-15
7Gibson, D. I., Bray, R. A., & Harris, E. A. (Compilers) (2005). Host-Parasite Database of the Natural History Museum, London
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