Mucus enhances mobility: polychaete worm
Polychaete worms travel quickly on trails of mucus.
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"P. mucosa massively secretes mucus when crawling, and conspecifics tend to follow existing trails, sometimes forming 'roads' with several parallel trails directed towards a carcass. No interference between worms aggregating at a common food source was observed…
"Presumably, P. mucosa gets some protection from the mucus it produces in masses…
"High crawling speed, mucus trailing (as a mutual benefit to conspecifics leading to the food source) and the ability to locate a carcass from a distance, all may contribute to the success of P. mucosa as a carrion-feeder." (Lee et al. 2004:575-582)
Phyllodoce mucosa Oersted
Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
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Dr. Karsten Reise
Alfred Wegener Institute