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Tubeworm

Protula magnifica

Description:

This large serpulid worm, which is probably the largest of calcareous tube worms, lives inside a hard white tube and is a suspension feeder. It has a double-headed set of gills, but lacks an operculum (trap door) to seal off the top entrance of the tube. Its tentacle crown approaches 3 inches (7.5 cm) in diameter, and its tube can be almost 1 inch (2.5 cm) in diameter and up to 8 inches (20 cm) in length. When it felt threatened, it will retracts its feathery suspension feeder and will re-emerge after a few minutes.

Habitat:

This species is usually found inhabiting shady rocky regions on current-swept reef slopes, where its calcareous tube is cemented to various types of substrate.

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4 Comments

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Antonio :)

Very nice find Albert,great info too,congrats and thanks for sharing

AlbertKang
AlbertKang 6 years ago

Thanks, @Leuba.
There are lots of variety of Tubeworms and some can be very colorful.

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

These are amazing creatures. Thanks for the information.

AlbertKang
Spotted by
AlbertKang

Batangas, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 25, 2014
Submitted on Oct 26, 2014

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