Spoon worm with egg cluster
Benthic surveys, Elkhorn Slough
A favorite sea otter prey item in harbors and estuaries. The process of consumption of these "weenie worms" is not for the squeamish.
This spoon worm has undergone a genetic mutation and has now lost the ability to be seen as a worm. Obviously a survivor adaptation to fool there predators and the ability to leave out of water
- Quintin Edward
The Echiura, or spoon worms, are a small group of marine animals. Once treated as a separate phylum, they are now universally considered to represent derived annelid worms, which have lost their segmentation. The majority of echiurans live in shallow water, but there are also deep sea forms. More than 230 species have been described. The Echiura fossilise poorly and the earliest known specimen is from the Upper Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian). However, U-shaped fossil burrows that could...