The following species have been observed in Fishing Bay around Indian Island.
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Giant Leaf Worm
Look for: Round, blob-like, homogenous body
Gelatinous, but firm to the touch
Body red to black or brown, often mottled
Small: up to 4 inches long
Has a band of eye spots along the entire
margin. (may not be visible)
Habitat: Under rocks, mid-intertidal to subtidal
Notes: This is a true flat worm. Gravid individuals
can be found in March, laying 150–160
golden- yellow eggs in capsules.
Pacific Peanut Worm
Look for: Trunk of body tan or dark brown, often
with brown or purple spots
Finger-like, unbranched tentacles
Anterior end has dark splotches and
streaks with 15–25 rings of small hooks.
Skin is rough.
Predators: Black oystercatchers were observed
eating this species off Vancouver Island.
Notes: 18–24 short tentacles around mouth collect
detritus from sediment.
Species has separate sexes that breed from
June to September in the San Juan Islands.
Eggs are yellow or orange, flattened and
surrounded by a thick envelope.
Look for: Short, flat body
Covered in scales or elytra
Can measure up to 20 cm
Habitat: Protected areas such as under stones
giant leaf worm
Pacific peanut worm
Phascolosoma agassizii with anterior end contracted