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Bristle Worms

Scientific Name: Eunice spp.

Description: This group of polychaete worms have segmented bodies with each body segment having a pair of fleshy protrusions called parapodia that bear many bristles, called chaetae, which are made of chitin.

Many of these worms are carnivores and scavengers and mostly remain hidden in crevices and cracks. They have powerful jaws and crawl under rocks, and amongst invertebrates such as barnacles, mussels, and tubeworms, where they feed on other marine worms, small crustaceans, molluscs, detritus, and the decaying flesh of dead sea-life.

Type: Segmented Worms
Where to find: Intertidal Reefs, Subtidal Reefs
Size: 70mm