Tube Worms

Scientific name
Galeolaria caespitosa
Common name
Tube Worms
Life on the Edge
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Marine Worms
Where to find
Mid to lower intertidal reef
The bodies of Tube Worms are concealed within white, calcified tubes.  The tube opening is covered at low tide by a lid which keeps the worm from drying out. Worm body up to 3 cm long

These Tube Worms form colonies of many worms, providing shelter to smaller invertebrates between, and around, the tubes.  At high tide feathery mouthparts emerge from the tubes and are used to strain plankton from the water.