Image: Terebellid worm larva

Terebellid worm larva

Terebellid worm larva

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Terebellid worms belong to a group of segmented worms called polychaetes. Polychaete worms are mostly found in marine habitats and are related to earthworms and leeches. Adult terebellid worms live in various types of permanent tubes in the sediment of the sea floor or on the reef, extending long tentacles to feed. Like most polychaete worms the larva of the terebellid worm is free swimming and planktonic.

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