Red Fan Worm (Protula magnifica)

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

Description

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

Found singly or in small colonies, under boulders, in crevices and holes in rock faces, over shallow areas with moderate surge zone, in coral and rocky reefs. Colours vary.
They feed on microplankton.
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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