Christmas Tree Worm

Christmas Tree Worm

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Credit: John Maraventano/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Christmas Tree Worm, Spirobranchus giganteus, common throughout the tropics. It has colored tentacles that can be red, blue, purple, yellow or green. When the tentacles are withdrawn the tube can be plugged with a plate to protect the worm. Photographed in Grand Cayman.

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Keywords: annelid, calcareous tube, calcareous tubes, caribbean, cayman wildlife, caymanian fauna, christmas tree worm, christmas tree worms, colonial hydrozoan, colonial hydrozoans, colonies, colony, coral, coral colonies, coral colony, grand cayman, hydrozoan, hydrozoans, marine, polychaete, radioles, spirobranchus giganteus, tube, tubes, tubeworm, worm, worms

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