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Christmas Tree Worms are common whtin the coral reef and appear in a variety of colors. They are named after their similarity to a christmas tree. These worms have highly modified prostomial palps, which are specialized mouth appendages. Each spiral is composed of feather-like tentacles called radioles, which are heavily ciliated and cause any prey trapped in them to be transported to the worm's mouth.
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Marine and Freshwater, Mexico - MAR 2014
Christmas Tree Worms are common whtin the coral reef and appear in a variety of colors. They are named after their similarity to a christmas tree. These worms have highly modified prostomial palps, which are specialized mouth appendages. Each spiral is composed of feather-like tentacles called radioles, which are heavily ciliated and cause any prey trapped in them to be transported to the worm's mouth.