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Eudistylia catharinae  (Roll-top Tubeworm)

Photo of Eudistylia catharinae by <a href="http://www.seastarsofthepacificnorthwest.info/">Neil McDaniel</a>
© Neil McDaniel (Photo ID #58550)

Photographer's Submitted Details

Photo Location Sechelt Inlet, BC Photographer Neil McDaniel
Habitat marine, subtidal
Photo Date May 10, 2013 Upload Date December 31, 2013
Elevation (m)
UTM Zone # Latitude 49.6037833333333
UTM Easting Longitude -123.788083333333
UTM Northing Photo ID # 58550
Notes Roll-top tubeworm. A large sabellid polychaete worm with a delicate plume variously coloured. The tube stands proud of the bottom by as much as 5 to 10 cm. When the worm retracts the top of the tube rolls up, effectively closing the tube. This worm is parasitized by the tiny snail Evalea tenuisculpta, which can sometimes be found in large numbers clustered around the end of the tube. Identification confirmed by Leslie Harris (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County) from collected specimens.

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