Christmas tree worm

Christmas tree worm

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus corniculatus). Christmas tree worms live in tubes in hard coral. S.corniculatus lives exclusively in Porites sp. corals. They get their name from their spiral tentacles. The tentacles protrude from the tube, but are retracted when disturbed. The tentacles are used for feeding and respiration. They trap phytoplankton (microscopic algae and plants) and absorb oxygen. Photographed in the Red Sea, Marsa Alam, Egypt.

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