Christmas tree worm

Christmas tree worm

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Caption: Christmas tree worm (Spirographis gigantea). This worm lives in conical tube, which is often attached to coral. The feathery structures are gills, which are covered in a sticky mucus. Food (mostly plankton) gets stuck on the gills and is funneled down to the worm's mouth. The gills also aid breathing for the worm.

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