worm Q cumber

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  1. Dillan

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    Hi guys saw this chap in a rock pool took him out for a pic and returned him any ideas on what it was 60cm long

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    ...:eek:...I think Lord Blackadder will ID him way before me...he has probably spotted them a couple of times in Rock Pools...I on the other hand...don't swim...:blush:

    PS: You can have a look here...but I haven't spotted him yet...
    http://www.chucksaddiction.com/hitchworms.html
     
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    Cool. It's a worm cucumber, Synaptidae. Loads of genera and species. The one I usually see in Moz is Synapta maculata (snake cucumber, reaches about 2m long). This looks like one of the smaller ones though...maybe Opheodesoma.
     
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    Oh, forgot to mention that the smaller species are epic detritus munchers if you have a tank big enough. They won't wipe out your sandbed fauna either, because they're not sand sifters as such. They just eat detritus from the surface of the sand.
     
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    Lol so I should have put him into the 6foot tank lol it looked to scary and was worrid it would munch my tangs ;)
     
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    Yeah, though best to err on the side of caution. It would probably freak out guests anyway. :p
     
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    that sounds like added entertainment vallue if you ask me:)


    that looks similar to a segmented worm i spotted in my tank a few nights ago, but it retracted very fast and i never got a good look at it, and he was up in the LR spanning across a gap. Ive looked again but havent found it.
     
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    A woman saw my coral banded shrimp the other day and nearly soiled herself. Must have been a bit too much like a spider...
     
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    do set up a video and introduce her to arrow crabs then:p
     
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