peces pene
Esta especie mide cerca de 25 centímetros (Foto: ms.maria.charlotte)

Estados Unidos (MiMorelia.com).- Cientos de peces urechis unicinctus, comúnmente conocidos como “peces pene” encallaron en una playa de California.

La peculiar especie marina que comúnmente habita en las aguas de China inundó la playa Drake, California, dejando sorprendidos a cientos de ciudadanos que curiosamente arribaron a la zona.

La revista Bay Nature informó: «una tormenta reciente en el norte de California trajo fuertes olas que arrastraron varios pies de arena de la zona intermareal, dejando a todos estos gusanos gordos posaderos expuestos en la superficie. La próxima vez que vaya a la playa, piense en los cientos de salchichas rosas de 10 pulgadas que se mueven a unos pocos metros debajo de la arena».

Esta especie mide cerca de 25 centímetros, es de color de rosado a morado, su apariencia es muy similar a la de un pene por ello su nombre coloquial; cuenta con  una extremidad parecida a una espátula misma que usa para comer y nadar y puede llegar a vivir hasta 25 años.

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The Korean name for this curious creature is gaebul, which translates as “dog dick.” Here in the States, it’s known as the fat innkeeper worm or the penis fish. Its scientific binomial is Urechis caupo, or “viper tail tradesman.” Whatever you call the animal, you can find them in abundance at Bodega Bay, where they build burrows in the tidal mud flats. On Saturday afternoon, our small, but enthusiastic clamming/crabbing crew thrust shovels and shoulder-deep arms into that mud in pursuit of Pacific gaper clams (Tresus nuttallii), but we also pulled up at least twenty of these red rockets. We returned them to their subterranean homes – excepting those that were snatched by eager herring gulls. I learned later that the gulls were the smarter hunters; fat innkeepers are edible, and are even considered a delicacy in Korea. Still, even though we missed out on a prime opportunity to dine on dog dick, we had a successful, fun outing, encountering a number of curious species, some of which now reside my belly. ⊙ What you’re looking at here: • Fat innkeeper worm (Urechis caupo) • A ring of prominent setae on the butt end of the fat innkeeper worm (Urechis caupo) • Bay ghost shrimp (Neotrypaea californiensis) • Lewis’s moon snail (Euspira lewisii) • Bucket filled w/ Pacific gaper clams or “horsenecks” (Tresus nuttallii), white macoma or “sand clams” (Macoma secta), and Lewis’s moon snails • Red rock crabs (Cancer productus) back in the kitchen, icing after boiling ๑ ๑ ๑ ๑ ๑ #BodegaBay #gaebul #FatInnkeeperWorm #UrechisCaupo #BayGhostShrimp #NeotrypaeaCaliforniensis #LewissMoonSnail #EuspiraLewisii #PacificGgaperClam #TresusNuttallii #RedRockCrab #CancerProductus #crabbing #clamming #huntergatherer #SonomaCounty #California #naturalhistory

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