13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
a bouquet of chriatmas tree worms
The spirobranchus giganteus is a worm that makes it home in living coral. Each worm borrows a hole in the coral and creates a hard shell or calcareous tube from sand and a glue secreted by collar glands just below the worms head. The radioles are the tree-like appendages near the head that extend out of the coral to capture plankton that passes by. This picture is a unusually large group of worms with a dark coral background and sparkles of sand that reflected the light of the strobe giving the shot a more Christmas like appearance
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||Nov. 22, 2015, 11:32 a.m.
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