Common name(s): Northern Feather Duster Worm
3.8 to 63.5cm long
Alaska to Northern California; South Puget Sound. Commonly occurring on floats and pilings and on rocky shores along much of the Pacific coast, but is not abundant in California.
This worm usually lives on the underside of docks that have been stable for a long time or on pilings right underneath the surface of the water in the low intertidal in water up to 70 feet.
E. vancouveri builds leathery tubes about 1cm wide up to 20 - 25cm long and tend to aggregate in clumps.
Could be confused with Eudistylia polymorpha, though the tentacles of E. polymorpha are tan to orange in color while the tentacles of E. vancouveri are black and maroon up to 5 cm in diameter when fully expanded. E. polymorpha is also slightly smaller than E. vancouveri.
Last updated Tuesday, August 15, 2006, by Lisa Ferrier