Christmas tree worms

Christmas tree worms

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Caption: Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus sp.). Christmas tree worms live in tubes in hard coral. 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.

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Keywords: animal, annelid, annelida, aquatic, biological, biology, burrow, christmas tree worm, coral, coral reef, fauna, feather like, gill, gills, herbivore, herbivorous, hole, invertebrate, invertebrates, marine, marine biology, nature, ocean, sea, spirobranchus sp., tentacle, tentacles, tropical, tube dwelling, tube worm, underwater, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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