Feeding Ecology And Diet

Detritus feeder; food consists of detritus, small animals, organic material located at the root of vegetation and patches of sand between small rocks. Extends the proboscis from the burrow and grazes on the surrounding substratum with its bifid terminal lobes. Cilia on the ventral side of the proboscis move small particles and muscles pick up the larger ones. Cilia and muscles transfer the bolus mixed with mucus to the mouth. All metabolic needs of male are supplied by exchange with the female's body, indicating male has a parasitic mode of life.

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