One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large marine bristle-worm with a stout, oval body that bears matted, furlike, iridescent chaetae.
Genus Aphrodite, class Polychaeta
- ‘Some polychaetes such as the sea mouse also bear a ventral muscular, creeping sole.’
- ‘Various species of polychaete are known as lugworms, clam worms, bristleworms, and sea mice.’
- ‘We have found another stray from the deep, a creature we had been curious to see for years - the ratfish, or sea mouse.’
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