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palolo worm

(pəˈləʊləʊ)
n
(Animals) any of several polychaete worms of the family Eunicidae, esp Eunice viridis, of the S Pacific Ocean: reproductive segments are shed from the posterior end of the body when breeding
[C20 palolo, from Samoan or Tongan]
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Phylogeny and genetic diversity of palolo worms (Palola, Eunicidae, Polychaeta) from the tropical North Pacific and the Caribbean.
Various species of annelids in the Class Polychaeta called Palolo worms are found in scattered locations around the world, but most famous is Eunice viridis in the Samoan Islands.
Early reports of swarming palolo worms and their use as a food
Annual risings of palolo worms have also been reported
the species description of the Pacific palolo worm, Palola viridis (he
But on two specific days in every lunar year, the rear end of all the Palolo worms, which can measure from one to five inches in length, simultaneously detach themselves from their parent body and rise to the surface of the Melanesian seas in order to participate in a massive breeding frenzy (the Palolo worm itself remains safely within the reef and gradually grows back to full size).
The root tuwa is a verbal evocation ('pulling in', or attraction) for animate things, such as fish, Palolo worms or even spirits.
As regards the seasonal phenomena of the local Melanesian environment analysed herein, the present contribution offers new data relating to the ecology and ethnographic significance of a pan-Oceanic marine creature known as the Palolo worm.
4 Sea urchins Echinoid Palolo worms Eunice viridis Squirrelfish Holocentridae Snappers Lutjanus spp.
One unique species taken was the palolo worm Eunice viridis, a burrowing polychaete.
I've heard rumors for a while that there was a worm hatch here just like the Keys--a palolo worm I think it's called.
The palolo worm belongs to a family of marine worms called eunicidae, which has a bizarre spawn where only the reproductive organs show up to the swarm.