Image: Megalomma interrupta

Megalomma interrupta

A new species of polychaete (marine worm) described by Dr Maria Capa and Anna Murray.

Maria Capa
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This new species is a sabellid polychaete (segmented marine worm) that lives in a tube and feeds by filtering nutrients from the water column using filamentous appendages (a 'branchial crown') attached to its anterior end, which it everts from the end of the tube. This filamentous crown is also used for breathing. It has so far been found living associated with coral reefs in northern Australia.

Capa, M and A Murray (2009). Review of the genus Megalomma (Polychaeta: Sabellidae) in Australia with description of three new species, new records and notes on certain features with phylogenetic implications. Rec. Aust. Mus. 61:201-224.

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