Blue Tube Worm (Spirobranchus cariniferus)

Last Modified: 11-4-2020 18:57

Spirobranchus cariniferus
Spirobranchus cariniferus

Blue Tube Worm (Spirobranchus cariniferus) or toke pā to Māori are a marine polychaete worm endemic to New Zealand. They are found throughout New Zealand in the intertidal zone growing in colonies on rocks and other solid substrates. During feeding, dark blue tentacles are extended to filter food particles from the water. Size is up to about 40mm long.

This example was observed in a rock pool at Whites Bay.


Location: Latitude: -41.388161 Longitude: 174.056351

Image Date: 13/12/2019

Photographer: Christopher Cookson

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