Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Christmas Tree Worm

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The Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) is a colorful marine worm with beautiful, spiraling plumes that resemble a fir tree. These animals are colorful, and can be red, orange, yellow, blue and white.

The "Christmas tree" shown here are the animal's radioles, which can be up to about 1-1/2 inches across. The rest of the worm burrows into a tube in the coral, where it can withdraw to protect itself.

1 comment:

  1. Are they endangered? I'm trying to do a report for this at school, but I can't seem to find much of the information I need, so I could really use some help! :)
    P.S. I know your blog is about endangered and wild species, but the post doesn't say anything... But it's really cool!

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