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    what the, , is this?

    any ideas as to what this is? i am 100% positive it is not a bristle worm.
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    here's a pic of the head
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    Holly smoke!
    How long it is?

    It is bristle worm probably Polychaeta sp. BIG one.
    Here is some good reading about bristle worms.

    http://www.aquarium.net/0198/0198_2.shtml

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    I agree with Aqua...
    I am Homer of BORG... Prepare to be..OOOO!! DONUT!!!!!!

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    Barry, why do you think it isn't a bristle worm? It looks like a polychaete of some kind from the pictures. They come in lots of shapes and colours.
    Gail in Nova Scotia

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    when i say bristle worm, i mean the every day bristle worms we encounter in our tanks, not a member of the Polychaetes family.

    this is one scary worm. it has black pinchers that it uses to grab ahold of things. i saw it grab a empty shell and pull it three to four inches back to it's hole. it would be around 8 to 10 inches long and at least diameter of a pencil. i held a algea wafer in my tongs and lowered it just above the hole it came out of, and let me tell you, it came out of the hole pretty quick and up into the water trying to get it.
    Barry

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    It looks to me like a Eurythoe species- the true fireworm. Was your rock from the Indopacific? I would try to catch it if I were you- but very carefully. Check out the worm in Calfo's Reef Inverts book on page 166. Different colouration but similar morphology. I'll check in Barnes and see what I can find.
    Gail in Nova Scotia

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    Here's a link to one of Dr. Ron's articles. figure 4 is a pretty close resemblence but the colour is a bit different. according to his article it looks like it is a worms in the genus Eunice.

    http://reefkeeping.com/issues/2003-04/rs/index.htm
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    That could be it too. But the Eunids don't have the white protective setae. I thought it looked like yours did.

    So whatcha going to call him???

    I have number 5 in my tank. want some of those???:biglaugh2
    Gail in Nova Scotia

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    well, dr ron on RC has confirmed it is a species of Eunice. next thing to do is catch him. anyone want an eunice worm of unknown species?
    Barry

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