Phoronid Worm Looks Like Cthulhu

Phoronid Worm
image taken by Anita Slotwinski

You could be forgiven for thinking this was a snapshot of Cthulhu himself but in fact it is a free swimming Actinotroch larva of a phoronid worm. They’re marine animals that filter-feed on plankton,¬†build upright tubes of chitin to support and protect their soft bodies and have a ‘crown’ of tentacles called a lophophore– which is what gives this one his distinctly Lovecraftian appearance.


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