Tuesday 28 September 2010

Bearded Fireworm - Hermodice carunculata

These photos were taken when diving in Paphos, Cyprus, where Bearded Fireworms are extremely common.

Name: Bearded Fireworm  (Hermodice carunculata)
Order: Ariculata
Family: Amphinomidae


When disturbed, the fireworms puff out their poisonous hairs to protect themselves.  The hairs are actually brittle, hollow spines that can pierce skin and become lodged there.  This produces a burning sensation and irritation.


Bearded fireworms are found in the Mediterranean Sea, Caribbean and Atlantic.

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