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Old 07-07-2004, 05:00 PM   #1
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worm or starfish???

I have in my tank a worm like thing that is VERY VERY tiny with really long arms??? It has what looks like five long rusty or red colored and white (arms?) It looks like 5 individual stringy worms attached together. the arms long too long for a starfish and it can retract them. I saw short white pieces moving towards the center on almost all of them, whatever they were, they were seperate from it (food?). Can't take a pic, too thin for my camara to capture. Any ideas?
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Old 07-07-2004, 05:08 PM   #2
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Spaghetti worm (Terebellid sp.).

You may only see the extended tenticles, but here's a link to a pic of what the whole thing looks like:

http://depts.washington.edu/fhl/zoo4...terebellid.jpg

Check this link, and about 2/3 of the way down, you'll find info. on Terebellids (Terebellidae):

>Reefkeeper's Guide to Invertebrate Zoology: Part 10: Sedentary Polychaetes, Con't.<


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Old 07-07-2004, 05:11 PM   #3
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nasty critter
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Old 07-07-2004, 05:14 PM   #4
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They are actually beneficial filter feeders.
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Old 07-07-2004, 05:16 PM   #5
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Old 07-07-2004, 05:19 PM   #6
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They are actually beneficial filter feeders.
Yep, totally harmless - and good.

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Yup, spaghetti worms. I can't imagine why Fishboy would say they are nasty critters.

You've already noticed that they transport stuff along the arms toward their centre...after a while you'll see them shoot all the stuff outward in a jet of slime.

One of the many, many interesting creatures you get on good LR.
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