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Sea Mouse Aphrodita aculeata Length to 20cm<br />
Unmistakable marine invertebrate. An atypical scaleworm, hardly recognisable as a worm at all. Lives part-buried in sand at extreme low water; sometimes stranded. Adult has oval body, scales hidden by dense coat of bristly hairs; dorsal ones are flattened, lateral ones are iridescent. Widespread, locally common offshore, very occasionally washed up after winter gales.
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Sea Mouse Aphrodita aculeata Length to 20cm
Unmistakable marine invertebrate. An atypical scaleworm, hardly recognisable as a worm at all. Lives part-buried in sand at extreme low water; sometimes stranded. Adult has oval body, scales hidden by dense coat of bristly hairs; dorsal ones are flattened, lateral ones are iridescent. Widespread, locally common offshore, very occasionally washed up after winter gales.

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Date: 16 Jan 2013
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Credit: PAUL STERRY/NPL
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