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These worms look like tiny, colourful Christmas trees


Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:39 - With the holidays creeping closer, we thought we'd introduce you to a festive little worm called spirobranchus giganteus. It's also referred to as the 'Christmas tree worm.'

They don't inhabit, or eat, Christmas trees. Rather, they earned their nickname because of their festive appearance.

Christmas tree worms can be found decorating coral reefs in the world's tropical oceans, between the Caribbean and the Indo-Pacific.

The worms sport 'crowns' near the top, which are mouth appendages. They have spirals of feathery tentacles, which help the creatures trap food.

While there isn't anything holiday-related about these little guys other than their appearance, we thought you might enjoy this photo gallery.

Photos courtesy of Wikipedia.







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