This is not nudibranch or sea slug
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Identification is verified by Leslie Harris, Nudi Pixel expert
Comment from Leslie Harris: Ken is right, it's a scaleworm in the family Polynoidae, genus Asterophilia. The scales are translucent so the edges don't show which makes the big papillae look as if they're directly on the body. There are two described species both of which are commensal on sea stars. The differences between the 2 are microscopic so I can't say which species this belongs to.
Comment from Dr. Richard Willan: Polychaete worm (Syllidae).
Comment from the photographer: For the Non-SeaSlug Section: an uncatalogued Asterophilia
|Camera:||Nikon D2x › View EXIF properties|
|Taken on:||November 21, 2006|
|Posted:||9 years ago|
|Updated:||7 years ago|