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Split-Crown Feather Duster

Anamobaea orstedii

Krøyer, 1856

Split-Crown Feather Duster

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Summary

Bristle worm. Saltwater. Feather Duster Worms. This feather duster has two semi-circular crowns of radioles forming a single crown, split in the middle.

To be confused with

- Red-Spotted Horseshoe Worm Protula sp.
- Star Horseshoe Worm Pomatostegus stellatus.

Characteristics

Size: 2 to 5 cm, whole animal up to 6 cm, crown up to 5 cm.
Colour: Variable, usually shades of brown, maroon, violet or orange-brown. Both halves are a mirror image of each other. Often with light tan or white spots and bands. 
Shape: Two semi-circular crowns of radioles forming a single crown, split in the middle. The parchment-like tube where the worm-like part of the animal resides is usually hidden.

Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabits reefs. This feather duster lives on the reefs and surrounding areas. It is usually solitary or in small groups, where the animals are all different in colour or patterns. Depth: ranges from 6 m down to 25 m.

Distribution range

BES-eilanden: St. Eustatius.

Author

[Marion Haarsma, march 2016]

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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