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Annelid Worm Feeding

Animation of an Annelid worm feeding on a sand hopper

The raptorial polychaete worms are fierce hunting predators. They have a very efficient food capturing device at the front of the head. This is a proboscis, which is normally inside out, like the finger of a glove, held inside the first body segments. When the worm detects prey, it can shoot out this proboscis with explosive force, and the four jaws at the tip swiftly grasp the prey in a death-grip.

Click on Reload in the top menu bar to get the Annelid worm to capture the Sand-hopper.


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