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An elegant reef worm

By Leonard Ho - Posted Apr 02, 2015 09:00 AM
Few if any of us appreciate the beauty of sea worms beyond the usual fan/feather duster varieties. The reality is many of us are freaked out by worms. We shouldn't be because some species are actually really darn neat and beautiful.

This is one of many species of syllid worm, a type of worm that crawls (yes, with little "feet") its way around sponges, ascidians, hydroids, bryozoa and algae, which they feed upon by piercing their sedentary prey's skins and sucking out the "life juice."

Granted, not all worms are beauty pageant contestents.  But you have to admit the stripped monochromatic pigmentation of this particular syllid is rather striking and its movement rather graceful.  Reef life is remarkable!

Video by liquidguru

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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