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Christmas Tree Worm

Spirobranchus giganteus

Description:

Photo take at -100 ft in a Caribbean reef this beautiful Feather worm anchor on a hard coral at the edge of the wall. 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.

Notes:

This are some of the most beautiful reefs i have dive in the Caribbean This area of Cuba has endless beaches and reef the wall star only a -40 ft almost non current perfect conditions.

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2 Comments

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 12 years ago

Por favor, coloca mejor la localización, así lo disfrutaré mejor.

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 12 years ago

Ufffffff, ¿has oído hablar del síndrome de Stendhal? pues eso me está pasando... Estoy exagerando, pero casi, casi.

Gerardo Aizpuru
Spotted by
Gerardo Aizpuru

Pinar del Rio, Cuba

Spotted on Jan 9, 2012
Submitted on Jan 9, 2012

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