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69490.  Fri May 12, 2006 6:56 am Reply with quote

Where will you find a Christmas Tree worm?

F: In a Christmas tree, in Lapland, in Santa's Grotto, in Santa's pants.

A: On Tropical marine reefs.

Christmas Tree worms live in tropical marine reefs and filter food from the surrounding waters, a bit like anemones.

They live on coral, in a tube that acts like a shell. At the merest hint of danger, the Christmas tree worm can duck its head back into the tube. As the coral grows, the worm continues to bury the tube into the skeleton of the coral. At the tope of the worm’s head are two ‘antennae’ which are called radioles. The radioles serve two main functions: to catch plankton and to act like gills, allowing the worm to breathe.

Although they are capable of changing colour, the worms are thought not to use this for camouflage purposes. Their natural protection is speed – just the merest hint of a shadow or a disturbance in the current will cause them to hide. Nor do they seem to have any particular preference for coral types.

The worms are invertebrates, meaning they don’t have backbones. Like other tube-dwelling worms, Christmas Tree Worms are polychaetes, one of three traditional Classes of worms in the Phylum Annelida (the ring worms. (The other Annelids are Oligochaeta (the earthworms) and Hirudinida ( leeches))

Other marine worms include the beautiful Featherduster Worm, which use exposed tentacles to catch food.


Inspired by: Gray's mention of the worms in the DVD section

69495.  Fri May 12, 2006 7:16 am Reply with quote

According to RoSPA, normal Christmas Trees are responsible for 1000 trips to A&E in the UK every year (they also say that there are 80,000 christmas-related accidents annually).

Incidents include:
falling off a chairs while putting a fairy on top of a tree; branches poking into eyes; tripping while carrying trees; and cuts from saws and knives when hacking off branches or shortening trunks.

69693.  Sat May 13, 2006 8:01 am Reply with quote

The world's largest Christmas Tree? The christmas tree nebula:

69694.  Sat May 13, 2006 8:03 am Reply with quote

I don't quite see it myself, nor do I see this; the snowflake cluster:

69695.  Sat May 13, 2006 8:11 am Reply with quote

The "Christmas Meteorite" is the largest meteorite that is known to have hit the UK. The rock, which was described as the size of a christmas turkey, hit the Leicestershire town of Barwell on Christmas Eve in 1965.

Thankfully, due to the sparsly populated nature of the village, no-one was hurt, instead villagers collected the fragments, selling them on to museums and collectors.

"We got £39.50 for the piece of the meteorite,"

"We sold it to Leicester museum and went on holiday with the money."

gerontius grumpus
145681.  Sun Feb 11, 2007 6:41 pm Reply with quote

The christmas tree worms look a lot like peacock worms, only with more tentacles.

145691.  Sun Feb 11, 2007 7:07 pm Reply with quote

eggshaped wrote:
The world's largest Christmas Tree? The christmas tree nebula:

Surely though, that can't be the world's largest anything... Since it is not of this world...

Rudolph Hucker
145726.  Sun Feb 11, 2007 8:51 pm Reply with quote

The 'D' series is much more complicated than I had thought.

358079.  Wed Jun 11, 2008 5:42 am Reply with quote

well i have seen a nice picture of christmas tree worms taken by someone who actually got christmas tree worms for christmas, hahahahah

1249227.  Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:58 am Reply with quote

Hi all,
I noticed someone has posted this before, but there were no replies. Just wondered where the best place to buy a real Christmas tree was? and the most reasonable.
getting excited for Christmas now

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Last edited by ventrout on Sat Sep 16, 2017 10:27 am; edited 1 time in total

1249282.  Fri Sep 15, 2017 1:59 pm Reply with quote

ventrout wrote:
getting excited for Christmas now

Fuck off!

1255867.  Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:17 am Reply with quote

I am looking for natural Christmas tree.
Can anybody help me?Please

1255877.  Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:49 am Reply with quote

Shall I - or do I have to wait for the inevitable?

Alfred E Neuman
1255919.  Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:37 am Reply with quote

We could wait to see how long it takes for the edit with the link to appear. That way we’ll know if they’re getting better at this or not.

Or you could just ditch them both.

1255932.  Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:16 am Reply with quote



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