Red Fan Worm (Protula magnifica)

Also known as Coco Worm, Fan Worm, Hard Tube Coco Worm, Hard Tube Feather Duster, Hard Tubeworm, Protula Tubeworm, Feather Duster, Feather Duster Worm, Feather Tube Worm, Magnificent Tube Worm, Marine Worm, Mopworm, Rock Worm, Segmented Sea Worm, Tubeworm

Description

Also known as Coco Worm, Fan Worm, Hard Tube Coco Worm, Hard Tube Feather Duster, Hard Tubeworm, Protula Tubeworm, Feather Duster, Feather Duster Worm, Feather Tube Worm, Magnificent Tube Worm, Marine Worm, Mopworm, Rock Worm, Segmented Sea Worm, Tubeworm.

Found singly or in small groups under boulders in crevices and holes in rock faces over shallow areas with moderate surge zone in coral and rocky reefs.
They feed on microplankton.
Colours vary.
Width - 4cm
Depth - ?m
Widespread 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: x

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