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Green bristle worm
Hermodice carunculata
(Pallas, 1776)

In cross section, the body of this large worm is squarish. The body is greenish, and the gills orange-red. White tufts of bristles along the sides, and a large, branched beard-like structure (caruncle) on the surface of the head.
Size: up to 25 cm, mostly up to 15 cm.

It lives under stones or other loose material or in recesses, on and around the reefs or grass beds.
Depth: ranges from 0 m down to 40 m.

Common all over the Caribbean.

The name Fireworm comes from the painful stings and wounds the bristles can produce when the animal is touched.

Green bristle worm (Hermodice carunculata)