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Worms

Bearded Fireworm

Hermodice carunculata

       
(1-2,8: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 3-4: First Bight, Roatan / 5: Mary's Place, Roatan / 6: Carib Point, Roatan / 7: Newman's Wall, Roatan)


Brown Fanworm

Notaulax nudicollis

 
(1: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 2: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)


Christmas Tree Worm

Spirobranchus giganteus

       
(1-2: Minagerheas, Roatan / 3: Prince Albert, Roatan / 4: Chimneys, Roatan / 5-6: Two Tall Two Small, Roatan / 7: La Ventana al Valle, Roatan / 8: Neverstain Bight, Roatan)

These have so much variation in color that they get their own page.


Magnificent Feather Duster

Sabellastarte magnifica

       
(1: Prince Albert, Roatan / 2: Calvin's Crack, Roatan / 3-6,8: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 7: Forty Foot Point, Roatan)


Red-Spotted Horseshoe Worm

Protula (sp.)

(1: CoCo View House Reef, Roatan)

It's the one on the right.  The one on the left is a ruffled feather duster.


Ribbon Worm

Phylum Nemertea

    
(1-4: CoCo View Resort, Roatan / 5: Newman's Wall, Roatan)

All sorts of interesting ribbon worms swim around at night and are attracted by dive lights.


Ruffled Feather Duster

Hypsicomus (sp.)

    
(1: CoCo View Resort, Roatan / 2: Tulio's Reef, Roatan / 3: Iron Coast, Roatan / 4-5: Newman's Wall, Roatan)


Social Feather Duster

Bispira brunnea

       
(1-3: CoCo View Wall, Roatan / 4: Chimneys, Roatan / 5: CoCo View Resort, Roatan / 6-8: Newman's Wall, Roatan)


Spaghetti Worm

Terebellidae (sp.)

  
(1-3: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)


Splitcrown Feather Duster

Anamobaea oerstedi

       
(1,8: CoCo View Resort, Roatan / 2: Prince Albert, Roatan / 3,6: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 4: John's Place, Roatan / 5: Iron Coast, Roatan / 7: Calvin's Crack, Roatan)

Like most tube worms, they will retract quickly into their tubes when disturbed by touch, water motion or even a change in light.  This one is in the process of retracting.  Note that the photo is blurry despite being taken with a short-duration flash:
(1: CoCo View Resort, Roatan)


Star Horseshoe Worm

Pomatostegus stellatus

        
(1: Minagerheas, Roatan / 2: First Bight, Roatan / 3,7: Newman's Wall, Roatan / 4-5: Prince Albert, Roatan / 6: Mary's Place, Roatan / 8-9: Forty Foot Point, Roatan)


Variegated Feather Duster

Bispira variegata

(1: Newman's Wall, Roatan)