In members of this genus branchiae and lateral eye spots are present and there is a ventral groove present along almost entire body. This species is usually unpigmented and has a pointed prostomium. Body up to about 3 cm long.
Other species, and genera, of Opheliidae occur in our region, but the two commonest species in Port Phillip Bay are Armandia sp. and Polyophthalmus sp. Both species are active deposit feeders which live in soft sediments where they consume buried organic particles; they do not form permanent burrows. Nephtys australiensis is also found in estuarine areas, often in association with the nereidid polychaete Australonereis ehlersi.
Port Phillip Bay and other similar coastal habitat, inshore and continental shelf.
Native to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed