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Nereis virens.jpg
Alitta virens, also known as the king ragworm
Alitta succinea.jpg
Alitta succinea
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Subclass: Aciculata
Order: Phyllodocida
Suborder: Nereidiformia
Family: Nereididae
Subfamily: Nereinae
Genus: Alitta
Bakken & Wilson, 2005[1]

Alitta is a genus of marine annelids in Nereididae family (commonly known as sandworms or ragworms). There are three recognised species within the genus, Alitta grandis (Stimpson, 1853), Alitta succinea (Frey & Leuckart, 1847) and Alitta virens (M. Sars, 1835).[1] Alitta brandti Malmgren, 1865 was originally considered part of the genus, but is now accepted as Neanthes brandti (Malmgren, 1865).[1]


  1. ^ a b c Fauchald, K.; Glasby, C. (2009). Alitta Bakken & Wilson, 2005. Fauchald, K. (Ed) (2009). World Polychaeta database. Accessed through the World Register of Marine Species on 2 August 2010