polychaete

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polychaete

any marine ANNELID worm of the order Polychaeta, including both errant (moving) and tubicolous (mainly sedentary) forms. They are characterized by the presence of CHAETAE carried on parapodia (projections from the body) and in errant forms the head is well developed. Fertilization is external. The group includes Nereids (bristle worms such as the ragworm), tube worms and fan worms.
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On another, he had himself photographed in a field with his bristle worms, sunbathing with them and tending to their needs.
He brought his bristle worms out to the countryside just so that he could be shown relaxing with them.