Bio-ecology and commercial importance of solitary tube worms (Diopatra neapolitana Delle Chaije, 1841)



The solitary tubeworm (Diopatra neapolitana), which forms a useful food network component in the marine ecosystem, is very important in terms of both ecological and economical respect. In our country, this species only found in İzmir Bay. The solitary tube warm is more demanded than other types of Polychaeta in recreational fishing. In this way, it makes a serious contribution to the country's economy. In this study, bio-ecology and its contribution to the national economy of the solitary tubeworm, which is distributed in different parts of our country from the Gulf of Izmir and which is preferred in amateur handline fishing, is explained.


Diopatra neapolitana, Polychaeta, Solitary tubeworm, Live bait, İzmir Bay

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