Worm ID please

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  1. Bendor

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    This guy is very shy. Almost never see him during the day but he sometimes shows (fugly) face if I feed flakes. Seems to live in a hole under some zoas. He is pink/brown in color, looks segmented, no bristles on his sides they look softer and the six feelers on the front tastes/smells the surface in front of it so it looks blind. Sensitive to movement and light though. Longest segment I have seen is about 3 cm and he withdraws very quickly straight backwards when frightened.

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    Looks exactly like this worm which they call a bobbit worm also called a eunice worm but pics of the Eunice/bobbit look different. A bit scary as bobbit/Eunice worms are predators that grow up to 10 ft.

     
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    Remove it otherwise it will nosh your sleeping fish and clams
     
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    Thanks Mandarinman.
     
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    took them over 6 months to find this monster even though its 4ft long and had the care taker stumped as to what was demolishing the corals in the public aquarium
     
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    he looks very small. And I would not worry about him, until you might one day find coral damage around him. At least you know he is there. And it the corals gets eaten, then you know what to do. It seems to venture out now when food is given. So for now, it seems a nice part of your clean up crew. I would leave him for now.

    Try to give it a really small piece of hake, close by. Just for the fun of it.
     
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    I'll sleep on it. His been there for 8 months. No harm in a few more.
     
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    If after 8 months you noticed no harm to the surrounding corals, then I would leave it. It would most likely be attracted to a dead fish, but that does not mean that he killed the fish. Just doing his clean up duties.
     
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    I've noticed him once or twice in different places while doing some night time flash light sessions. But I've seen him in the same place three times over the last few weeks. I have lost a part of my acan colony which was in the vacinity but not right next too it. So no proof that it's the worm. I've moved the acans and will monitor to see what's happening. His way to fast to catch and as you say, no close proximity to any coral deaths.
     
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    Thanks @saaid

    I read that link and one of the comments mentions clicking. looked it up and apparently Eunice worms also click. I've had clicks since the beginning and thought it was a hidden pistol shrimp. Now I know.
     
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