Christmas tree worm

Christmas tree worm

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Caption: Christmas tree worm (Spirobranchus sp.). Named due to its many feather-like radioles, it lives in a tube that it constructs from sand grains. It possesses a spiral crown (centre) of long radioles, which it rolls up and withdraws into the tube when threatened. The radioles are used to trap food and to sort through water-borne detritus.

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Keywords: animal, annelid worm, annelida, christmas tree worm, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, nature, ocean, polychaete, radioles, sea, spirobranchus sp., underwater, wildlife, zoology

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