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Predation of the Razor Clam Ensis directus by the Nemertean Worm Cerebratulus lacteus

John J. McDermott
Chesapeake Science
Vol. 17, No. 4 (Dec., 1976), pp. 299-301
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1350520
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Predation of the Razor Clam Ensis directus by the Nemertean Worm Cerebratulus lacteus
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Abstract

The nemertean worm Cerebratulus lacteus feeds on the razor clam Ensis directus by entering the burrow from below and engulfing its anterior end. The clam is forced to project much of its body above the surface (sometimes leaving the burrow), thus becoming subject to surface predators and desiccation. This predation was observed from New Jersey to North Carolina.

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