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Title: Bearded fireworm
Photographer: Marta & Mark Rubio - Bockstael
Taken on: 2017-09-14 14:41:00
Uploaded on: 2018-02-25 15:22:26
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License: © All rights reserved
Marine Animal: Hermodice carunculata, (Pallas, 1766)
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Photo description: At first glance, this fire worm looks like a centipede with its elongated and flattened appearance, multiple segments, white silks, and parapodia and gills located on the side of its body. Its colors are varied and range from greenish, to yellowish, to reddish, grayish through white with a pearly glow. The body consists of 60 to 150 identical segments separated from each other by a thin white line and protected by cuticles. Each segment has a pair of parapodia, a structure for locomotion, clusters of stinging white bristles, and red or orange gills all in bilateral position. The anterior part of the worm can be recognized by small growths, called caruncle, which have the same color of the gills on the first four segments. The mouth is ventral and is located on the second segment. The head is shown on the first segment and includes the eyes and other sensory organs. Eats plants and stings badly upon touch. Olympus XZ-1
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