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Beakerbob
05-12-2006, 10:12 PM
Here's a couple of pics of my peanut worm. This guy has captured my attention for several months now. He lives in a rock that faces the front of my fuge and comes out to eat when I feed the tank. It's amazing how far he can stretch out from that small hole. Apparently, this worm appendage is introverted...it's like a glove finger that is folded inside of itself. As it stretches out of its hole, it extrudes outward (extroverts) and at the end are the feeding tentacles. It grabs the food in the tentacles and inverts back onto itself while withdrawing back into its hole.

Here he is in his hole (inverted mode):
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v505/beakerbob/Inverts/PeanutWorm-DSCF1381a.jpg

He's coming out now, extruding his body:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v505/beakerbob/Inverts/PeanutWorm-DSC_1458a.jpg

Feeders are extended:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v505/beakerbob/Inverts/PeanutWorm-DSC_1460a.jpg

He is waving around trying to get food into his tentacles:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v505/beakerbob/Inverts/PeanutWorm-DSC_1461a.jpg

Still trying to more food into the tentacles before retracting:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v505/beakerbob/Inverts/PeanutWorm-DSC_1463a.jpg

His feeding tentacles are now retracting as he pulls back towards his hole:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v505/beakerbob/Inverts/PeanutWorm-DSC_1464a.jpg

Krish
05-12-2006, 10:18 PM
That is very cool!! My first time ever seeing a peanut worm! Thanks for sharing:)

wrightme43
05-12-2006, 11:01 PM
Awesome photo set. Great job.
I thought one of those was a menece before I knew better. I killed it. Wish I hadnt now.

spongebob lover
05-12-2006, 11:06 PM
those pictures are awesome dood !!!
i didn't know they had tenticles like that.
I have about 3 of them in my tank and they get pretty long.

Krish
05-12-2006, 11:07 PM
I killed it

Steve...Is it me or have you been on a killing spree lately:lol:

spongebob lover
05-12-2006, 11:08 PM
Steve...Is it me or have you been on a killing spree lately


LMBO!!! shhh don't make him go kill the neighbour's dog :lol: :lol:

PRESTO2345
05-13-2006, 01:07 AM
great pics....most of the time i find them to only come out when the lights are off or dimmed. Seems like they are a little light sensitive.

Boomer
05-13-2006, 09:23 AM
Great pics bob, about the best I hve seen :D

Beakerbob
05-16-2006, 06:18 PM
I think the reason this guy comes out during the day is that the floating macro algae shades his hole and it isn't that bright.

NaH2O
05-16-2006, 06:45 PM
Outstanding photos once again!!! Absolutely amazing. I always look forward to pics you post.