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The bearded fireworm (Hermodice carunculata) is of the Amphinomidae family of marine bristleworms. They are native to the tropical Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. This one was photographed in the Florida Keys.
These marine worms are very fuzzy and furry looking, but don't touch. They are bristles! Each segment has a pair of white, bristly, stinging parapodia, or feet, and red gills. This one is currently a bit compressed, as they often look longer, and can get to be over 10".
These bristle worms feed on soft and hard corals, by engulfing the the tips of the coral and eating the coral animal polyps. They will also eat anemones, small arthropods and algae.
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- Janet MacCausland
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- Contained in galleries
- Annelids, Florida, Georgia