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Created 3/21/2015

Family Serpulidae

HAWAII

Spirobranchus cf. corniculatus

Kure Atoll, 50 feet

 

He'eia, Oahu, 2 feet

Makua, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 50 feet

Makua, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Moku o Loe, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, 2 feet

Haleiwa trench, Oahu, 20 feet

 

Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 60 feet

 

Kewalo Hump, Oahu, 90 feet

 

Sharks Cove, Oahu, 35 feet

 



Sand Island, Oahu, 10 feet


Sharks Cove, Oahu, 30 feet

INDO-PACIFIC CHRISTMAS-TREE WORM

Tentative identification.  Common in massive corals and limestone reef rock.  The worm's body creates a tunnel and extends a pair of colorful crowns that function as gills and food gathering devices.  The crowns are rapidly retracted when disturbed and the hole is covered by a hard operculum.  Crown diameter of 0.6 inch.  Hawai'i & the Indo-Pacific.