Christmas Tree Worm


Common name : Jewel stone

Scientific name : Spirobranchus giganteus

Family : Serpulidae

Native to : Tropical oceans worldwide

Interesting fact : The plumes are quickly retracted even when slightly disturbed.

Conservation status : Least Concern

Christmas tree worms live embedded on corals, and comein many colours. They are tube-dwelling worms with two cone-shapedspiralling plumes used in feeding and respiration. It has well-developed digestive, circulatory and nervous systems with a central brain. It feeds on plankton and suspended food particles by filter feeding. Eggs and sperms are released into the water.

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