Some Polychaetes can be fierce predators when they become adults.
Scroll down to see what unpleasant surprise awaits a victim when he comes near this fellow.
|The 'jaws' of this Rag worm (Nereis )
can be protruded to snatch prey. This portrait also shows
the many appendages Polychaetes grow around the mouth
opening. A variety of antennae, palps and eyes can be
found on the many species that inhabit the sea shores.
Polychaetes are not difficult to find. Their larva can be caught with a plankton net. The adults can be found in the mud or under stones in tide pools.
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