Worms are Everywhere

Great Dive Trips at Bargain Prices with the Sea Divers

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Posted by Merry on July 13, 2015 at 17:40:22:

Under rocks:

Pseudoceros mexicanus
 photo Pseudoceros mexicanus DSC_1481_zpscmgnhrkt.jpg

On giant kelp blades:

Look for an iridescent blue sheen, often in a horse-shoe shape. These Syllid polychaete worms are easily overlooked, and even the worm expert, Leslie Harris, wasn't aware of this association. Leslie kindly ID'd these as either genus Eusyllis or Odontosyllis.

 photo polychaete colony 2 DSC_0950_zpsymj6zuvx.jpg

This worm has two rows of reproductive material.
 photo Poly worm on kelp DSC_9186_zpsp6ekixxc.jpg

 photo polychaete on kelp DSC_0943_zps11sf6nml.jpg

 photo Polychaete on kelp DSC_1040_zpsysveizox.jpg

Surrounded by southern staghorn bryozoan:

Serpula columbiana, Diaperoecia californica
 photo Serpulid on southern staghorn bryozoan DSC_1366_zpstekplxii.jpg

Surrounded by other worms:

Serpula columbiana and the fragile tubeworm Salmacina tribranchiata
 photo Serpulid in Salmacina tribranchiata DSC_1583_zpsaemhrpl1.jpg

Surrounded by a tunicate:

Two Serpula columbiana and Didemnum carnulentum
On my approach, both serpulid worms retreated into their tubes, leaving only their opercula visible.
 photo Serpulid worms encased in tunicate DSC_1470_zpsmu7wgdkp.jpg

 photo Serpulid worm encased in tunicate DSC_1471_zpsuilq25cs.jpg

Pretty and wedged in a crack:

 photo Maroon serpulid DSC_1554_zpshdlnx7d8.jpg

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