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Social feather duster

Bispira brunnea

(Treadwell, 1917)

Social feather duster

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Summary

Bristle worm. Saltwater. Feather Duster Worms. This species lives on the reef, usually where some current occurs.They grow as a mass of individual small tubeworms, sometimes totaling over 100 individuals in a single clump.

To be confused with

- Variegated Feather Duster Bispira variegata

Characteristics

Size: Whole animal up to 6 cm, crown up to 3 cm.
Colour: Colouration of the crown is highly variable, from white, to rosa, brown, yellow with white tips, but seems to be constant within a region of the area.  Shape: The crown of feather duster worms is composed of a series of feather-shaped rays called radioles.

Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabits reefs. This species lives on the reef, usually where some current occurs.

Distribution range

BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.

Author

[Marion Haarsma, may 2015]

Literature

- Humann, P., & DeLoach, N. (2002). Reef Creature Identification: Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p. 420). Jacksonville (FL): New World Publications.

Categorieën:

Soorten, Borstelwormen

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