Instagram post by @drverm Greg Rouse

•Diversity of Annelida Series.•🔹This is a magnificent syllid from the Raja Ampat islands off the Bird's Head Peninsula of New Guinea, now part of Indonesia. The worm was about 15 cm long and was on a sea fan (gorgonian). It was spotted by my eagle-eyed dive buddy, Tertius Kammeyer. There are eight known species of Alcyonosyllis and all are associated with various Anthozoa (corals, octocorals, etc). This one looks a bit like the type species, Alcyonosyllis phili, which was described from near Darwin, Australia and we are still trying to figure out if this a new species or not...🔹⠀⠀⠀⠀
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