Tubulanus sexlineatus (Six-lined ribbon worm)
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Mary Jo Adams
With color ranging from wine red to chocolate brown and body ringed with up to 150 white bands, the six-lined ribbon worm has quite a distinctive appearance. This worm is typically up to 8 inches in length but is occasionally found as long as 3 feet (1 meter) long. It builds and inhabits transparent tubes. Look for it among mussels and algal holdfasts, in rocky areas, and on floats and pilings from the low intertidal zone to a depth of 26 feet (8 meters). This species preys on polychaete worms. It has previously been known under the scientific names Carinella sexlineata and Carinella dinema.
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