Yellow tube worm

Discussion in 'Other Livestock' started by seank, 18 Jun 2007.

  1. seank

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    Just something I found over the weekend. Thought I'll share it here. Any info I need to know as I cannot find a lot on "Google"
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    Ist photo I borrowed from "Google" as I did not have time to take a proper photo of the stuff in my tank yet.
     
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    and where did you find this?
     
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    Wow they are pretty.
     
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    Check out the "Nicie Fishie" under fish images and you will know....
     
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    these are tube worms !!!! i have some of these and so do u sims !!!
     
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    nice color as compared to the common brown ones we see
     
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    Thought Tube and bristle worms are different???????
     
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    nope they are different !!!
     
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    As far as I know (not very far) that's a porites sps which commonly have those worms growing in them.
     
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    Rory, please fix the thread name "Y" in front of the "E". It pi..es me off when I spell wrong because of Haste....
     
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    Am I right to say then that this is a bristle worm and not a tube worm???
     
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    No. It's definitely not a bristle worm. Feather worm maybe. Probably is a tube worm.
     
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    A comment on common names.....bristle worms and tube/feather worms are all polychaetes. The tube/feather worms belong to a group of polychaetes called sedentaria (as you will have guessed because they are sedentary and do not move around much) and the bristle worms belong to the group called "errantia" because they are mobile. Both have bristles - if you look at a tube/feather worm out of its tube you will see that they also have the bristles all along each side.
     
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    Thanks Kevin, that explains it perfectly ;)
     
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    So, now that I am even more confused, what do I call the worm that I have now??? (I know I can call him anything, but the name and genus please)
     
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    i seem to have the red variety and find 2 more everyday on one specific piece of LR, how big do they eventually grow?
     
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    snoek your is different
     
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    Hi Sean,

    Of the common names I would suggest feather worm. iwould suggest that tube worm be used for those without obvious "feathers" on their heads or those which form tunnels in the sannad or mud.

    The polycheate that you have there is a member of the family Sabellidae. To get to a genus and species I would need to know exactly where it came from and also have to look at the worm under a microscope as the distinguishing characteristics are things like the detail of the "feathers" and the collar at the base of the feathers. Colour is not really a distinguishing feature that can be relied on. However I would guess that the polycheate that you have pictures of belongs to the genus Banchiomma.

    Hope that that helps!

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    I know these as Christmas tree worms (Spirobranchus Giganteus) found mainly in association with porites coral.
     
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