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In Topic: Another Criccieth worm

14 October 2013 - 05:28 AM

Hi Mark -- It looks to be a nemertean worm.  I can't tell for sure (images are too small) but the little white string on the left end might be either the worm's proboscis or a prey item.

In Topic: Criccieth critters

17 September 2013 - 06:12 AM

Yes to the first 2.  The 3rd looks to me like the closed siphons of another clam.

In Topic: red tendril things

10 September 2013 - 07:15 AM

They might belong to another type of cirratulid polychaete.

In Topic: Weird worm from Florida for Leslie

10 September 2013 - 07:12 AM

Hi Linda -- Thanks so much for posting this!  It's quite rare to get photos of living scaleworms in this particular family.  Polynoidae is a good guess as that's the largest family with hundreds of known species but there are several other families including the sea mice (Aphroditidae) where the scales are hidden under the "fur".  This one belongs to family Acoetidae (= Polyodontidae in older books).  You've got the head in focus which is how I can tell it's family Acoetidae - the eyes are on long stalks. Only some genera of acoetids have this feature. It's most likely to be a species of either Acoetes or Polyodontes.  How large was it?  A few of them get up to a meter in length.


I really like that you got a bit of the tube in the second photo.  They have specialized glands which produce long fibers; these are combined with mucus & sediments to build thick felt-like tubes.  They rarely leave home, preferring to ambush other critters from the safety of their tubes.


Cheerios, Leslie

In Topic: Jelly blob from Ambon, Indonesia

04 June 2013 - 06:24 PM

Welcome to Wetpixel Beroe, and thanks for the update.  It would be nice to have a jelly pro hanging around!


Cheers, Leslie