Hemichordata (Peanut Worms)

Phylum Hemichordata (Peanut Worms)

Wikipedia Entry

Approximate Number of Species: 85

Largest: The largest colony is Cephalodiscus densus with a length of  8.2 feet (2.5 meters) and the noncolonial species is Balanoglossus gigas with a length of 9.8 inches (250 mm)

Smallest:  The smallest colony is the species Rhabdopleura compacta at 0.11 inches in diameter (2.9 mm ) and the smallest noncolonial species is Saccoglossus pygmaeus with a length of 0.12 inches (3 mm)


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