And thus I greet you all …

Christmas Tree Worm
Spirobranchus giganteus
Taken in Dari Laut Wreck
Anilao, Batangas

The worms’s most distinct features are the two “crowns” that are shaped like Christmas-trees. These “crowns” are actually highly modified prostomial palps which are specialized mouth appendages of the worm. Each spiral is actually composed of feather-like tentacles called radioles, which are heavily ciliated which allows any prey that are trapped in them to be transported straight towards the worm’s mouth. While they are primarily feeding structures, S. giganteus also uses its radioles for respiration. It is because of this that the structures are commonly called “gills”. [Wikipedia]

4 responses to “And thus I greet you all …”

  1. Eduardo G. says:

    i’m excited for next year 😀

  2. Camille says:

    …that’s… a worm?! WTH :))

  3. Andrew says:

    nice worm… does it come with silver bells and christmas balls too? 🙂 merry christmas to all.

  4. skysenshi says:

    Merry Christmas! 😀 That’s a beautiful worm… Oro?

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