Dark-lined Fire Worm (Chloeia fusca)

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

Description

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

Found hidden in crevices, under rocks and slabs, amongst rubble, sand and seagrass beds of coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on anemones, corals and crustaceans.
Length - 8cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread Indo-West 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: x

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  1. Posted by Shimen Miyamoto Musashi
    February 05, 2017 at 20:55 pm - 1 person found this useful.

    STRANGE CATCH...I grew up from a coastal town, I have seen, caught and eaten many kinds of fish, crustaceans and discover old and new creatures from the sea, and this wiggling little hairy thing is the strangest of them all. It is about 2 inches long with segmented belly, and some kind of multiple legs like that of a centipede but more like of thorns or hairs in both sides. Strangely, was it hooked by accident or it really tried to eat the dead shrimp bait but ended up chomping the tip of the hook.

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