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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order: Terebellida
Suborder: Cirratuliformia
Family: Acrocirridae
Banse, 1969

Acrocirridae is a family of polychaete worms. Acrocirrids are detritivores (deposit feeders), catching falling particles with numerous long prostomial tentacles. There are eight known genera, and at least 21 described species and subspecies within the Acrocirridae. The acrocirrids are primarily benthic (seabed-dwelling) animals, but at least two genera (Swima and Teuthidodrilus) appear to have evolved or adapted to a pelagic (free-swimming) habitat.[1]


Following is a list of genera and species within the family Acrocirridae:[2][3]

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  1. ^ Osborn KJ, Madin LP, Rouse GW (2010). "The remarkable squidworm is an example of discoveries that await in deep-pelagic habitats". Biology Letters. 7 (3): 449–53. doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0923. PMC 3097850. PMID 21106571.
  2. ^ "Acrocirridae (Family)". BayScience Foundation, Inc. 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-08-26. Retrieved 2010-11-25.
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