[Coral-List] help identifiying an organism

Roi Holzman roi at pob.huji.ac.il
Wed Aug 3 05:01:33 EDT 2005

During a recent night dive in the coral reef of Eilat, Israel, we have 
seen a large "worm" that I have never seen before and have failed, so 
far, to identify. it was quite long (I estimate ~1m), with a diameter of 
~ 5mm. as far as I could tell, the full length of the organism was 
exposed, i.e. it was not a part of something hiding under a rock. I 
would appreciate if you could take a moment to look at the pictures at: 
the coral in the pictures is about 7cm across. the organism was very 
sticky, and when we touched it with a piece of plastic, it was hardly 
possible to separate it. It was observed in a degrading state (probably 
dead) the next night at the same place (it was then collected and 
thanks in advance


Roi Holzman
roi at pob.huji.ac.il
InterUniversity institute for marine science of Eilat
PO box 469, Eilat,88103, Israel
Phone: 972-8-6360129
fax: 972-8-6374329

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