Common Fire Worm (Eurythoe complanata)

Also known as Fire Worm, Gulf Fire Worm, Iridescent Fireworm, Marine Fireworm, Orange Fire Worm, Polychaeta Marine Worm, Reef Bristle Worm, Rock Worm, Sea Caterpillar, Sea Mice, Segmented Sea Worm, Segmented Worm

Description

Also known as Fire Worm, Gulf Fire Worm, Iridescent Fireworm, Marine Fireworm, Orange Fire Worm, Polychaeta Marine Worm, Reef Bristle Worm, Rock Worm, Sea Caterpillar, Sea Mice, Segmented Sea Worm, Segmented Worm.

Found hiding during the day in crevices under slabs of coral and rocks and in rock-pools out hunting for food at night over coral and rocky reefs. This worm is covered in poisonous bristles.
They feed nocturnally on algae, corals and carrion brought in by the tide.
Also they area a surprise visitor to aquariums because they hide in the rocks that are bought in!
Length - 100cm
Depth - 1-1000m
Widespread Atlantic Ocean, 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://animaldiversity.org/accounts/Eurythoe_complanata/

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