Asterophilia carlae

This is not nudibranch or sea slug

Asterophilia carlae
Photographed by: Torsten Lafrenz

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Annelida
Class:Polychaeta
Order:Aciculata
Family:Polynoidae
Species:Asterophilia carlae

Comment from Leslie Harris on photo #4042
The worm is probably Asterophilia carlae. Asterophilia culcitae has recently been described from Vietnam. It also lives on Culcita, Luidia, & other asteroids so it could have the same geographic distribution as Asterophilia carlae. Unfortunately the characters which separate the 2 species can't be seen without a microscope.

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Pictures of Asterophilia carlae

Asterophilia carlae from Bangka North Sulawesi, IndonesiaIdentification reviewed by Leslie Harris
Posted 8 years ago
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