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1259326.  Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:34 am Reply with quote

Sipunculus nudus

Sipunculus nudus
Peanut worms are collected for science as models, for fish bait, or as food for humans. They are consumed in southern provinces of China as a delicacy. In Vietnam they are sometimes used in phở.

Peanut Worm Jelly: Itís Whatís For Dinner
From the descriptions of dishes, they appear to be a carrier of flavour, rather than having much flavour of their own, in the same way that chickens' feet and jellyfish taste mostly of the sauce they're prepared in.

Encyclopedia of Life: Sipuncula - Peanut Worms
The peanut worm is a member of the group Sipuncula. When threatened the peanut worm retracts its head so that it resembles a peanut. Peanut worms range in size up to 500 mm or more.

Encyclopedia of Life wrote:
... sipunculans have several characteristics that separate them easily from these other groups. The body consists of a cylindrical trunk and an introvert that invaginates completely inside the trunk. The mouth is located at the tip of the introvert and may be surrounded by digitiform tentacles. The peculiar position of the anus in the antero-dorsal region of the trunk is an easily seen external character that distinguishes the sipunculans from other worm-like invertebrates.

1259328.  Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:41 am Reply with quote

'resembles a peanut' - ah yes, that's exactly what I was thinking of

1259329.  Fri Nov 03, 2017 4:44 am Reply with quote

Named by someone with a speech impediment, I suspect ;)


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