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Worms

Atlantic Lug Worm

Arenicola brasiliensis

These live under the sand.  Sometimes you'll see their egg cases:

 
(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Bat Star Commensal Worm

Ophiodromus pugettensis

 
(1-2: Lovers Point, Monterey)

As the name suggests, these live on the undersides of bat stars.  They're usually pretty small, less than half an inch long.


Cirriformia Spirabrancha

Cirriformia spirabrancha

(1: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)


Clam Worm

Nereis vexillosa

  
(1-3: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)


Fat Innkeeper Worm

(aka Penis Worm.  No, really, it is.)

Urechis caupo

      
(1-5,7: San Carlos Beach, Monterey : 6: Monterey State Beach, Monterey)


Fifteen-Scaled Worm

Harmothoe imbricata

  
(1-3: Lovers Point, Monterey)


Light Edged Ribbon Worm

Cerebratulus californiensis

 
(1-2: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Polyclad Flatworm

Eurylepta californica

    
(1-5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Polyclad Flatworm

Pseudoceros montereyensis

    
(1-5: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Sea Mouse

Aphrodita japonica

(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

This is its underside:
(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)


Six-Lined Ribbon Worm

Tubulanus sexlineatus

 
(1: Whaler's Cove, Point Lobos / 2: Monastery Beach, Carmel-by-the-Sea)


Yellow Scale Worm

Arctonoe vittata

(1: San Carlos Beach, Monterey)

This one is on the bottom of a warty sea cucumber.