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The Fireworm and its Bubble

While diving near the Blue Heron Bridge (Palm Beach County, Florida), underwater photographer and Museum collaborator Anne Dupont, of West Palm Beach, captured this nice image of a Blackline Fireworm (also known as Ornate Fireworm, or Red-tipped Fireworm), Chloeia viridis Schmarda, 1861, eating a Striate Bubble, Bulla occidentalis A. Adams, 1850. The Bubble was most likely dead before the worm started its meal, as Blackline Fireworms are known to be scavengers (carrion feeders). Read more about mollusks and their shells in the Museum's Shell Guide.


Blackline Fireworm eating a Striate Bubble. Photo by Anne Dupont.