Urechis unicinctus (traditional Chinese: 海腸; simplified Chinese: 海肠; pinyin: hǎicháng; Cantonese Yale: hóichèuhng; Japanese: 螠虫; rōmaji: yumushi; Korean: 개불; romaja: gaebul) is a species of the marine spoon worm. It is widely referred to as the fat innkeeper worm or the penis fish. The body is about 10–30 cm long, and the body is yellowish brown in color near the cylindrical shape of sausage. On the surface of the body there are many small papillae. There is a flat snout that can be clipped to the front of the mouth and can be seen as a head of another animal with a brain in the snout.
U-shaped burrows are formed when breeding. Males and females produce eggs and sperm, respectively.
In Korea, they are eaten for food. It is used as bait for fish such as flounder and sea bream. They are distributed in Korea, Japan, and the Pacific coast.
|Urechis unicinctus at a market in Korea.|
von Drasche, 1881
U. unicinctus, like other species of Urechis, lives and burrows in sand and mud. It gets the name "fat innkeeper worm" because the tunnels often contain other animals.
It is also used for fishing bait.