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A clam worm under a microscopeMax Size: 15cm (6 inches)
Habitat: Rocks, vegetation, reefs, and mud
Diet: Smaller invertebrates, decaying organic matter

Fun Facts:

  • Commonly found amongst oysters, mussels and other shellfish
  • Powerful jaws with teeth of hardened protein-zinc compound; jaws distinguish them from blood worms
  • Like bloodworms, they metamorphose into a mature form (epitoke) that allows for reproduction