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Christmas Tree Feather Worm

Spirobranchus giganteus

Description:

Photo take at -40 ft in a Caribbean reef. Beautiful orange and white edges feather worm anchored to a hard brain coral.. Christmas tree-shaped tube-dwelling worms with magnificent twin spirals of plumes used for feeding and respiration. These cone-shaped worms are one of the most widely recognized sedentary polychaete worms . They come in many colors including orange, yellow, blue, and white and, though they are small with an average 3.8 cm in span, they are easily spotted due to their shape, beauty, and color. The colorful plumes, or tentacles, are used for passive feeding on suspended food particles and plankton in the water. The plumes are also used for respiration.They are very sensitive to disturbances and will rapidly retract into their burrows at the slightest touch or passing shadow. Marinerio.

Habitat:

Most of these worms is anchored in their burrows that they bore into live calcareous coral. Found on coral reefs in tropical waters worldwide.

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5 Comments

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks Maria and Mayra and Ceherzog!

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann 10 years ago

So beautiful!!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago

I always enjoy your Christmas tree feather worm spottings!!

ceherzog
ceherzog 10 years ago

That is incredible....way cool!

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 10 years ago

Thanks ceherzog :)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Mexico

Spotted on Jun 20, 2012
Submitted on Jun 20, 2012

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