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?
Spirobranchus giganteus, AKA the Christmas tree worm. found in the tropics, its blood has an affinity for CO (carbon monoxide) that’s 570 times as strong as ours, allowing it to live in extremely poisonous waters. if you try to touch it, it disappears into a shell tube & plugs up the opening. :3
And. Fun fact. I got stung/barbed by a bristle worm for the first time today at work and it occasionally keeps jolting with pain. It’s not bad, just annoying. Told my coworkers after I noticed it earlier and they each said “welcome to the club, kid”
Check your rocks for werms bro