Christmas tree worm

Christmas tree worm

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Christmas tree worm with extended tentacles. This polychaete worm lives in a tube constructed from sand, held together by a glue secreted by its body. Its feathery plumes emerge from the tube to filter the water for nutrients. When threatened, it rapidly withdraws its tentacles back into its tube.

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Keywords: animal, annelid worm, annelida, bristleworm, christmas tree worm, filter, filtering, gill, gills, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, nature, ocean, polychaete, sea, tentacle, tentacles, tropical, tube, underwater, warm, wildlife, zoology

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