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Animals: Fat Innkeeper Worm

Fat Innkeeper Worm


Fat Innkeeper Worm

The Fat Innkeeper Worm is a common critter found in the sandy mud of the Elkhorn Slough.

It lives in a “U-shaped” tunnel or burrow and has a unique method of eating. It secretes a slime net, which serves to trap small food particles. The worm circulates water through the tunnel, trapping food in the slime net. When the mucus net becomes loaded with food, the entire net, with its burden of food, is swallowed by the worm.

These “innkeepers” provide lodgings for other buddies in the mud such as pea crabs, goby fish, and scale worms.

Fat Innkeeper Worm

Fish for more info:

http://www.elkhornslough.org/critters/fatworm.htm

 

 

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