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Odd worm-like critters


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    dlhirst - Reefkeeper
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    Default Odd worm-like critters

    Can anyone tell me what these almost black worm-like creatures are? They seem to be multiplying. Normally just seen on the LR, but I'm a little nervous about them under this monti cap!

    Should I be worried?
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    OK, I know the phone pic stinks, but it's the best I could get wwithout pulling the coral out...

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    a Sipunculid?

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    Maybe you could grab a worm w/ tweezers, and get it in a white bowl? The pic will likely be much easier to identify.

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    Too hard to see! wish I could help!
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    So, I tried to pull one off and put it in a bowl. They crush too easily. Apparently, there is a hard shell - like a tube - on the outside of it. Definitely soft tissue inside. Largest is maybe 2.5mm.

    Could they be larval feather dusters? I have seen mine (I only have one) spawning in the past.

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    Vermetid snails?

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    Holy Dendropoma, that's the one! So, are these Vermetids anything to fret over?

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    Not really but they can be a pita. When irritated they release a long stringy web that can irritate near by corals.
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    If enough of them are in one specific area, they can irritate a coral till death. Manual removal is pretty simple. Sps can be a bit more sensitive than many other corals.

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