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[Annelida] Celebes squidworm

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by g.read from niwa.co.nz)
Tue Oct 16 19:35:17 EST 2007


The worm item from the page below seems to have hit the news wires:


Larry Madin, October 15, 2007:

"It’s 10 pm on Monday night, and we’re heading back to Manila after 10 
intensive days in the Celebes Sea. [...]"

"When we got down nearer the bottom with the ROV, we encountered the 
most unusual and unfamiliar animal of all. When we first spotted it, 
people watching the video called out ‘squid’, ‘no, shrimp’, ‘maybe a 
fish?’, ‘I think it’s a worm’. It did turn out to be a worm, but like 
nothing we had ever seen before. A worm almost 10 cm long, swimming with 
a row of paddles formed from stiff bristles, and with 10 long, writhing 
tentacles coming out of its head. No wonder we thought it could be a 
squid! We did end up calling it the ‘squidworm’. We think it may be an 
undescribed species, but none of us are experts on polychaete worms, so 
we’ll have to wait until a real specialist can tell us more about it."


"Among the more unusual finds were an orange-tinged sea cucumber that 
uproots itself from the seabed and swims using flaps on its transparent 
body, and a worm with tentacles coming out of its head and transparent 
paddle fins growing all over its tan body.

"We don't know what this is," Madin said of the worm. "It might be 
something big."

There is no photo or video released up to this time that I could see. So 
it isn't a Celeb-rity yet, just a Celebe rarity.

   Geoff Read <g.read from niwa.co.nz>

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