Posted 12 December 2004 - 03:15 AM
Posted 12 December 2004 - 08:49 AM
Dual Ikelite Strobes
Photo site - www.reefpix.org
Posted 12 December 2004 - 04:09 PM
I'd love to have a higher resolution file if you wouldn't mind. I'm curious as to how many different species get lumped under the common name "bobbit worm".
Posted 12 December 2004 - 04:40 PM
For head shots of live small ones go to http://www.nhm.org/g...rv/worm-g04.htm
Posted 12 December 2004 - 04:53 PM
You and Brook have different species, maybe even different genera. The color patterns are very different, and note the area at the base of the long head appendages.... in your critter there's just one thin ring while in Brook's there's multiple rings. The tubes are different too, and that's another species-level character.
Matt -- Hey neightbor! USC, huh...you must be pretty happy with the Trojans right now. Walk over anytime you want a private tour or help with critters.
Posted 15 December 2004 - 12:07 PM
Now that Brook has sent me a higher resolution file (thanks, Brook!) & I've re-examined the image I'm embarrassed to admit that the worm isn't a bobbit as I said earlier but belongs to the family Onuphidae, genus Diopatra. These guys are called decorator or farmer worms because they attach bits of live algae as well as sticks, shells, etc., to the outside of their tubes. The extra bits add camoflague and attract small animals which the Diopatras may eat, plus the algae itself often serves as food for the worms. There's a nice photo of one showing the spiral gills at http://www2.uol.com....ia/galeri29.htm (click on the photo for an enlargement)