23 December 2012

Ten Christmas-tree worms

Photos by: Ole Johan Brett
Edited by: Jeniffer Espedido

The marine polychaete, commonly called the Christmas tree worm, Spirobranchus giganteus, lives on hermatypic corals. Its larvae settle on exposed coral skeletons and extend its tube to the living tissues. They come in a wide array of color combinations like colorful mini-Christmas trees. Yes, even life underwater can light up our festive season.

To learn more about Christmas-tree worms or if you have other information you want to add about them, visit SeaLifeBase or become a collaborator and email us at sealifebase@fin.ph.

Inspired by: 12 Planktons of Christmas by Michele Collet

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