Bearded Fireworm (Hermodice carunculata)

Also known as Fire Worm, Green Fireworm, Marine Fireworm, Rock Worm, Sea Caterpillar, Sea Mice, Segmented Sea Worm, Segmented Worm, Tubeworm

Description

Also known as Fire Worm, Green Fireworm, Marine Fireworm, Rock Worm, Sea Caterpillar, Sea Mice, Segmented Sea Worm, Segmented Worm, Tubeworm.

Found hiding or crawling on branching corals, in crevices, under rocks and slabs of coral, over mud, rock and sand substrates of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on plant material.
Length - 15cm
Depth - 1-100m
Widespread Western Central Atlantic, Mediterranean, Indo-Pacific.

Segmented worms are extremely mobile and possess strong jaws for hunting and feeding on their prey.
Some worms are covered in hairs for protection scavenging on the sea floor for detritus. While others are delicate fans protected by their self made tubes, which they retreat back into when threatened, these are filter feeders and feed on plankton. Ref: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bearded_fireworm

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