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Christmas Tree Worm Spirobranchus giganteus
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Christmas Tree Worm (Spirobranchus giganteus) is a species of small, tube-building polychaete worm in the Serpulidae family. It is widely distributed throughout the world’s tropical oceans, occurring abundantly from the Caribbean to the Indo-Pacific. The worm’s common and scientific nomenclature refers to the two chromatically hued spiral structures, most prominently seen by divers....

Paralvinella sulfincola
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paralvinella sulfincola is a species of worm in the Alvinellidae family. It lives among undersea hot-water vents, thriving in the hottest of waters, at temperatures that would kill most animals. This characteristic makes it an extremophile or hyperthermophile. Having the unique ability to withstand extremely hot water from hydrothermal openings enables this stalk-like worm to feed on...

Giant Feather Duster Worm Eudistylia polymorpha
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Giant Feather Duster Worm (Eudistylia polymorpha) is a species of marine polychaete worm of the Sabellidae family. Its range extends along the western coast of North America, from Alaska to California. It is most commonly found in the intertidal zone in tide pools and in the neritic (coastal) zone at depths up to 1,375 feet. It is often found in groups along rocks, reefs, pilings, wharves...

Phytobdella catenifera
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Phytobdella catenifera is a species of leech found in Peninsular Malaysia. The specimen was first collected from a brown tortoise in 1935. One record of the species was found in Gabai Falls, Selangor and has rarely been seen since. One reason is because it only attaches to reptiles and is of no threat to humans. This 2-inch-long terrestrial leech was named by Professor John Percy Moore due...

Common Clam Worm Alitta succinea
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Common Clam Worm (Alitta succinea) is a species of marine annelid of the Nereididae family of ragworms or sandworms. It is found throughout the Northwest Atlantic Ocean, especially in the Gulf of Maine; it is also found off the coast of South Africa. This species can reach a length of 6 inches, but most specimens are smaller. It is brown in color at the rear, and reddish-brown on the...

Bobbit Worm Eunice aphroditois
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The Bobbit Worm (Eunice aphroditois) is a species of aquatic polychaete worm found on the ocean floor at depths of 33 to 130 feet. It is only found in the Indo-Pacific oceanic region. This predatory organism buries its long body in gravel, mud or corals in the ocean bed, where it waits patiently for prey food to touch one of its five antennae. When touched, the worm, armed with razor sharp...

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baudekin
  • A rich embroidered or brocaded silk fabric woven originally with a warp of gold thread.
'Baudekin' seems to be an alternative form of 'baldachin,' from the Italian 'Baldacco,' Baghdad, the city where the material was made.
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