Another one of those beautiful drawings by Ernst Haeckel. This time it’s a selection of polychaetes. ‘Polychaeta’ means ‘many bristles’, which is why they are also called bristle worms. Polychaetes are mostly marine worms with great diversity of shapes and sizes and living in a wide variety of marine ecosystems. I have recently written a blog about how biofilm-forming bacteria are important for inducing metamorphosis in tubeworms, which are members of polychaete class, you can find the blog here.



Oooh, I’m stepping outside of the box:  the vertebrate museum blog is featuring a post about INVERTEBRATES!  I will admit I know next to nothing about invertebrates.  The same goes for plants/botany – I can memorize and retain the most obscure nomenclature for non-native mammals, but ask me to tell the difference between types of pine trees and I’m stumped (no pun intended).  That does not mean I don’t have a growing appreciation for these things, it just means I need to allocate more brain power to biology and less to memorizing Battlestar Galactica trivia.

Many of you guys are marine scientists, entomologists, biologists, zoologists – lend me your knowledge!  Let’s turn the tables a bit – click the photos for short descriptions, and then why don’t YOU tell ME something about any of these fantastic creatures?


This Guy Just Found Out That A Huge Worm Had Been Living In His Fish Tank For Years

As anyone that has ever own a fish tank or aquarium will be able to say, frequent cleanings can be hard to keep up with.

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Thank you dad for posting this on Facebook….

My fear of worms just got worse. Way worse.