Honeycomb Worm reef

Honeycomb Worm reef

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Credit: MARTYN F. CHILLMAID/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: A reef of the Honeycomb Worm built on sandstone rocks at the low tide margin, Welcombe Mouth, Devon. Made of millions of particles of sand and shell in flattened grains of various colours, they are collected by the worms and glued together with mucus into a colony of individual tubes that, seen at a distance, appear to be a uniform colour. If assembly was random then lighter and darker areas than the norm would be evident. The reef colour reflects the body colour of the worm not that of the surrounding sands.

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Keywords: bristol channel, colonial reef, colony, color, colour, construction, devon, honeycombe worm, low tide, marine worm, mucous, pattern, reef, reefs, sabellaria alveolata, sand, sandstone, shell, tube-worm, u.k., welcombe mouth, worm

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