Photo by Gerick Bergsma
Spaghetti worms live in tubes within sand, rubble or rocks. The body of the worm remains hidden within its tube, and only its long feeding tentacles are usually visible radiating from the worm's tube.
|Worms in this family are found throughout the world’s oceans.|
|Spaghetti worms eat mainly detritus.|
|The worm's feeding tentacles can be many times longer than the worm's body, and stretch out in search of detritus and other food particles. When food is encountered, it sticks to mucus on the tentacle's surface, and is moved down the tentacle by tiny cilia to the worm's mouth. If disturbed, the worm will retract its tentacles into its tube.|
- Moorea Biocode Database