Elvis Worms Infographic: The Earthworm’s Four New Cousins

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Elvis Scale Worms aRtVerse Infographic

This was such a fascinating article to read and was loads of fun making into an infographic. I can just imagine these worms’ feeding disputes looking like a miniature version of the sandworm battles on Dune! 🤣 Surely there is enough whalefall for everyone?

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Figure A: Peinaleopolynoe orphanae. Deep sea Polynoid scale worms belong to the Peinaleopolynoe genus in the Annelida phylum. They are distantly related to terrestrial earthworms.

Figure B: Peinaleopolynoe elvisi. Unlike their earthworm counterparts, these segmented worms sport protective iridescent scales similar in function to the
fore wings of beetles.

Figure C: Peinaleopolynoe goffrediae. They are also detritus feeders, but unlike earthworms, scale worms feed on the fallen giants of the sea; whale carcasses!

Figure D: Peinaleopolynoe mineoi. They have well developed jaws and are aggressive, taking bites out of one another’s scales during feeding disputes!


Avery S. Hatch et al. Hungry scale worms: Phylogenetics of Peinaleopolynoe (Polynoidae, Annelida), with four new speciesZooKeys (2020). 

DOI: 10.3897/zookeys.932.48532

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