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Bearded Fireworm
Hermodice carunculata

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DistributionRange:

BES-eilanden: Sint Eustatius.

Author:

[Marion Haarsma, apr. 2015]: [Floris Bennema, may 2016]

Literature:

- Humann, P.,& DeLoach, N. (2013). Reef Creature Identification:  Florida, Caribbean, Bahamas (p 308). Third edition. Jacksonville (FL): New World Publications.
-  Interactive Guide to Caribbean Diving. M. De Kluijver, G. Gijswijt, R. de Leon & I. daCunda.
- Bearded fireworm. Wikipedia.

Summary:

Saltwater. Fireworms. Bearded fireworms are usually between 5–10 centimetres (1.9–3.9 in) in length, but can reach up to 35 centimetres (13.8 in). They have a group of venomous white bristles on each side, which are flared out when the worm is disturbed.

ToBeConfusedWith:

- Orange Fireworm Eurythoe complanata.
- Blackline fireworm Chloeia viridis.
Bearded fireworm may be identified by beardlike appendages on the head.

Characteristics:

Size: 10 to 15 cm, max 25 cm.
Colour: The body is greenish, and the gills orange-red, white tufts of bristles along the sides.
Shape: In cross section, the body of this large worm is squarish. A large, branched beard-like structure (caruncle) on the surface of the head.

HabitatEnvironmentAndEcology:

Inhabits coral reefs. It lives under stones or other loose material or in recesses, on and around the reefs or grass beds. Depth: ranges from 0 m down to 40 m.

 
   

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