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Little Worms - In Sponge. Cayman Islands

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Photographed these little chaps today. Look like polychaetes to me?

 

Very small, living in sponge.

 

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This is whole image - so can post crop if needed.

 

Alex

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Leslie was out of commission for a while & didn't do much for anyone, even me. :-(

 

The worms belong to the genus Haplosyllis. Once upon a time they were all called Haplosyllis spongicola (the species name means "living on sponges"). Now they've been divided into a number of different genera. Some associate with only 1 species of sponge while others are less particular about who they live with. Cindy & her partners got some excellent photos of the worm & white-foot shrimp. I don't remember which species they photographed - have to go back to my notes for that.

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