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    worm id good or bad

    Sorry, that's a nemertean AKA ribbon worm. It's a predator but on things like smaller worms and crustaceans.
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    Feather dusters in a fowlr

    depending on the species hermits, shrimp, and fish may all eat feather dusters
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    Devil worm

    With that white band by the head & inconspicuous chaetae? It's an eunicid although not a bobbit.
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    Leslie.. Is this a Hermodice carunculata?

    Sorry for the very late reply, I've been off RC for a while. It belongs to either Eurythoe complanata or a related species. They're scavengers & detritivores unlike Hermodice which is a predator.
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    Worm

    The structures you asked about are stylets. They're attached to the eversible proboscis & used to inject toxins & digestive enzymes into prey. Great photos. Do you have Nomarski, something similar, or using stacking?
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    help ID this black and white worm

    Polychaeta..... Poly = many, chaeta = bristle or hair so these are bristle worms, marine cousins of earthworms. Fireworms (amphinomids), spagetti worms (terebellids), hair worms (cirratulids), fan worms & feather dusters (sabellids & serpulids) are just a few of the families in class...
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    Hey guys an ID on "crustacean" if i could?

    It's an amphipod. Many species build tubes and some in family Ischyroceridae build these caddis-fly-like tubes. Scroll down to see the Cerapus tubularis pic http://www2.mmbs.s.u-tokyo.ac.jp/sbnet/top_photo.html
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    help ID this black and white worm

    It's just a fragment of a polychaete.
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    What is this snail rider?

    Definitely a syllid, but one with really strange behavior. I've never heard of one either riding a snail like that or going after small crustaceans.
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    ID on Polychaete Worm

    Betta, the info on that page about syllids isn't right. Most syllids seem to feed by piercing plant or animal cells then sucking out the contents. Many are commensals; their feeding doesn't damage their hosts. A few - like the big one Travis' friend found, actually eat corals and those should...
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    ID on Polychaete Worm

    Family Syllidae, maybe genus Syllis.
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    BEWARE: Acropora Burrowing Red Worms << PIX included >>

    Someone asked me to comment on this thread. The red structures aren't cirratulids or any other type of polychaete worm. I don't recognize them but then I'm a worm specialist and you all need a coral expert. Sorry.
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    Pix & ID: Critters that come in your rocks: the good and the bad.

    Kyle - you've got a scaleworm, polychaete family Polynoidae. They're all micro-predators on smaller worms & things. If you don't want it I do!
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    What is this LPS eating worm??

    Hi Kingfisher -- Got your PM. congratulations on catching the worm. I really hope it was the only one and you don't have to worry about any more. From your photo it looks as if you either got the whole worm or enough of it that you shouldn't have to worry about any bits regenerating. Now...
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    Pix & ID: Critters that come in your rocks: the good and the bad.

    Zimmer - forams are harmless. Grok - Do a google search for Isaurus. Common names are night anemone & snake anemone. They typically only open at night.
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