Fanworms or Feather Duster Worm
Photo by Gerick Bergsma
Feather duster worms live in tubes usually formed by binding sand or mud together with mucus. The tubes often extend into the substrate, and if disturbed, the worm will retract its feathery gills into the tube and out of harm's way.
|Worms in this family are found throughout the world's oceans.|
|Members of this family live in almost all benthic marine habitats, including mud, sand, rubble and rock bottoms.|
|Feather duster worms feed on suspended organic matter and plankton filtered from the water.|
|The feather duster worm's "feathers" serve both as gills and as a feedings structure. Food captured by the feathery structure is carried by cilia to the worm's mouth.|
- Moorea Biocode Database