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Star Horseshoe Worm

Pomatostegus stellatus

(Abildgaard, 1789)

Star Horseshoe Worm

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Summary

Bristle worm. Saltwater. Tube Worms. This feather worm has a double fold of radioles that form a U-shaped crown. The opening of the tube has a simple lid (operculum) that consists of a series of discs. The tubes are hard, calcareous.

To be confused with

- Split-Crown Feather Duster Anamobaea oerstedi

Characteristics

Size: Crowns up to 4 cm, whole animal up to 10 cm.
Colour: The crown is variable, most common are shades of red, orange, yellow or white. The crown can be almost uniformly colored, or banded. 
Shape: Double fold of radioles that form a U-shaped crown. 

Habitat environment and ecology

Inhabits reefs. This feather worm occurs all over the reefs. Tubes usually encased in living coral.Depth: ranges from 3 m down to 30 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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