THE CHAETOGNATH,
A STRANGE CREATURE

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by Jean-Marie Cavanihac, France
When trying to feed them with Artemia nauplii, I noticed that they didn't react to the nauplii motions even when they were moving in front of the arrow worm's head. Artemia's swimming technique is very different to copepods and the arrow worms seem to be able to distinguish the Artemia nauplii movements from the copepod's distinctive movements, but not using their rudimentary eyes but using vertical rows of hairs all around their bodies.

The picture displays 'bubble-like' features within the thorax. Maybe they are eggs because some days later, I found several small chaetognaths in the water and these spherical features had disappeared.

As the story must have a fair ending, the arrow worm although a predator, is also eaten by little jellyfish!
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All the pictures were taken of live specimens.

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All photographs Jean-Marie Cavanihac 1999

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