Feather Duster Worm

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Feather Duster Worm


The feather duster tube worm, scientifically known as Sabellastarte spp., is a fascinating marine invertebrate belonging to the family Sabellidae. It derives its common name from its striking resemblance to a feather duster, with a delicate, branching structure that extends from a calcareous tube anchored to the seafloor or other substrates.

At the center of this tube, the worm's soft, colorful, and feathery crown of tentacles emerges, resembling the plumes of a feather duster. These tentacles are adorned with tiny, hair-like structures called cilia, which the worm uses to capture microscopic food particles drifting in the water column. The tentacles come in a variety of vibrant hues, ranging from shades of red, orange, pink, yellow, and white, adding to the coral's aesthetic appeal.

Feather duster tube worm corals are primarily found in shallow tropical and subtropical waters worldwide, where they thrive in areas with moderate water flow and abundant nutrients. They play a crucial role in marine ecosystems, providing habitat and shelter for small fish and invertebrates while contributing to the overall biodiversity of coral reefs.

Despite their delicate appearance, feather duster tube worm corals are resilient creatures, capable of retracting rapidly into their protective tubes when threatened by predators or adverse environmental conditions. This ability allows them to survive and flourish in dynamic underwater environments, making them a captivating and integral part of the marine world.

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(150-250 PAR)

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