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Bristleworm
Eurythoe complanata

A Bristleworm crawls over coral polyps in search of food.  Also known as Fireworms, they can deliver a painful, burning sting from their feathery bristles if touched.
 
Sea Facts:

The bristles of fireworms are long and poisonous for defense, and are shed readily if a worm is attacked. Fireworms are beneficial predators and scavengers on coral reefs. They are known to attack animals, such as anemones, ten times their size.

 

Bristle Worm

 
         
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