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Spirobranchus giganteus, the Christmas Tree Worm, family Serpulidae. 1-1 1/2". Two spiral crowned groups of radioles with a double horned operculum between them that bears a sharp spine. Tropical West Atlantic, Indo-Pacific. Key Largo 2014

Strombus gigas, the Queen Conch. 6-9 inches typically, to 12 in. maximum. Have large shells bearing a short conical spire with blunt spikes. Shells orangish, often covered with algae. Opening rosy pink. Covered by a claw-like operculum. Head gray with long tentacled eyes.  Live in Seagrass beds, cultured for aquariums. A two inch juvenile in Key Largo 2014
 
Thalassoma bifasciatum (Bloch 1791), the Bluehead Wrasse (2), one of the most common reef fishes of the tropical west Atlantic. Females and juveniles yellow above, white below, with some dark markings. Shown, male and female specimens in the Bahamas. Females to about five inches in length, males to near twice that. Juvenile/initial phase individuals in Key Largo 2014
 
Duncanopsamia axifuga Wells, 1936: Long branching corallites. Whisker Coral, Australia, PNG, Indonesia. Only rarely encountered in the wild or the pet-fish interest. House of Fins 2013
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