PETER SCOONES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY PETER SCOONES / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Bristle worm colony. Colony of polychaete tube worms or bristle worms on a coral reef. These are Filogranella elatensis tube worms, part of the sub-order Sabellidae (feather duster worms). These marine annelid worms secrete a rigid, calcareous (calcium carbonate-containing) tube from their bodies, which they withdraw into when threatened. The tentacles seen here are used to filter food from the water. Filmed in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia.
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