Cluster duster fan worm

Cluster duster fan worm

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Credit: ALEXIS ROSENFELD/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Cluster duster fan worm colony. The cluster duster, or social feather duster, (Bispira brunnea) is worm that inhabits a tough tube, and feeds by exposing radioles (pink) to the water. These trap food particles carried on the currents. The radioles are rapidly withdrawn into the tube at the slightest sign of danger. The colony is made up of clones of the first worm to arrive at the site. It reproduces asexually to surround itself with other fan worms, which are identical to it. Photographed off Andros Island in the Bahamas, in the Caribbean Sea.

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