Evolution and Systematics

Functional Adaptations

Functional adaptation

Fine filaments filter water: peacock worm

The radiating tentacles of peacock worms filter water for food using fine fringed filaments.

  "A feeding peacock worm…has a fan of radiating tentacles fringed with fine filaments to sieve food particles from the water currents." (Foy and Oxford Scientific Films 1982:25)
  Learn more about this functional adaptation.
  • Foy, Sally; Oxford Scientific Films. 1982. The Grand Design: Form and Colour in Animals. Lingfield, Surrey, U.K.: BLA Publishing Limited for J.M.Dent & Sons Ltd, Aldine House, London. 238 p.
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