Bobbit Worm Facts
- Bobbit Worm serves as the colloquially based common name for the Eunice aphroditois.
- This worm remains also one of the most unique and disturbing predators in any ocean.
- The animal officially classifies as an aquatic predatory polychaete worm.
- It remains extremely rare to encounter and as a result, very little information is certain about the biology of the species.
- Its teeth are razor-sharp, and the creature also strikes with such speed that its prey is often cut in half.
- Its name derives from a rather notorious event that occurred in the United States, in North America, in the mid-1990’s.
Bobbit Worm Physical Characteristics
The astonishing Bobbit Worm represents an extremely large species of aquatic worm. It typically attains an average length of roughly 39 in (1 m), but individual specimens have reached lengths of as much as 10 ft (3 m).
It also displays bright colors, most commonly including shades of bright purple. Its five antennae are useful for the detection of prey, while they remain hidden.
It is uncertain whether it possesses any toxins. Little is definite about the reproductive habits of the Bobbit Worm.
Evidence indicates that the creature likely possesses a relatively long lifespan.
Species: E. aphroditois
Bobbit Worm Distribution, Habitat, and Ecology
The incredible Bobbit Worm lives in most tropical waters. However, it appears to be most common in the Indo-Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
It appears to prefer to inhabit the sand and gravel of the floor of the ocean. It will also inhabit various coral reefs. There it buries itself in the sand, with only its antennae protruding.
Once it has its prey, it typically pulls it beneath the sand or into a burrow.