Variegated Feather Duster Worm GALLERYBispira variegata
Like many marine species, these variegated worms have many similar looking relatives and often microscopic examination is necessary to make a positive identification. They can be found in small clusters or alone. These worms have a single crown of radioles (feather-like appendages) The worm's body is hidden in a parchment type tube that is hidden in the sand, in crevices or attached to the under-sides of rocks. These are one of the shy worms and pull themselves down into their tubes at the slightest perceived danger. Found at shallow snorkeling depths of 1-5 feet but also deeper.