Thursday, 17 November 2011

Christmas Tree Worm - Spirobranchus giganteus

These cone shaped tube-dwelling worms (two here) live on coral and most of their bodies are in a hole bored into a live calcareous coral. The colourful spirals are their tentacles, which are used for feeding and respiration. The coloured part is only about 3-4 centimetres in size and they are retracted into the burrow at the slightest movement near them.

1 comment:

  1. That is probably one of the most amazing little creatures you've shown up to date! It's like something out of an animated movie. Excellent catch!