Busycotypus spiratus (Lamarck, 1816) Depositing Egg Capsules

    This image illustrates the method employed by the species to deposit its egg capsules. The female first buries herself deeply into the substrate and anchors the beginning of the egg strand. She then begins expelling the strand - gradually pushing it above the surface of substrate. In the image below the female is buried and not visible (image center) while a much smaller specimen (85 mm.) is plainly visible in the lower right of the image.

Busycotypus spiratus (Lamarck, 1816) Depositing Egg Capsules

In muddy sand, minus tide, Vilano Beach, St. Johns Co, FL 3/19/2007