> I'm looking for a site that would tell me what a heteromastus filiformes
> is. I've been able to gather it is some sort of ribbon sea worm but would
> like a definite description.
Heteromastus filiformis is a 'well-known' capitellid polychaete (Annelida)
often associated with organic enrichment environments.
The most definite description there is!
Hutchings,PA; Rainer,SF (1982): Designation of a neotype of _Capitella
filiformis_ Claparede 1864, type species of the genus _Heteromastus_
(Polychaeta:Capitellidae). Records of the Australian Museum 34,
> Does anyone know of an online reference where you can enter the
> scientific name of something (really anything) and get back a description
> of what it is?
Wow, yes! Unfortunately it doesn't exist. But try the free biosis service:
Geoff Read <g.read at niwa.cri.nz>