Annelids: Terrebellid, Spaghetti Worm


In time-lapse we see spaghetti worms extend their long tentacles out from their tubes to feed.

Next Generation Science Standards for this Video

The Spaghetti worm keeps its body buried in the substrate while its long, extendable tentacles extend across the bottom to gather particles from the ocean floor.

Natural selection has produced numerous species of annelids adapted to a large variety of environmental conditions. Since the spaghetti worm is sedentary and lives in a tube attached to the ocean floor, it must stretch its tentacles out to gather food.