Nereis sandersi, A Marine Worm That Looks Like Some Sort Of Unhinged Muppet

January 8, 2019


This is a shot of a specimen of Nereis sandersi, a polychaeta (aka bristle) marine worm that lives near hydrothermal vents, presumably terrifying anything that would dare venture near them. Some more info from the scientist that first described them while I run to the pet store for an over-the-counter dewormer just to be safe:

Furthermore, the presence of sunken depressions in places where eyes usually occur in N. sandersi is unique for the genus. The occurrence of such depressions is reminiscent of blind cave-dwelling vertebrates which have only vestigial, non-functional eye rudiments remaining from ancestral progenitors which had sight. The very large peristomial ring and enormous palps would appear to be appropriate sensory replacements for a sightless animal in the deep sea.

Wait -- so it doesn't have eyes? Then what the hell are those things staring at me? "Did you even bother reading the quote you pasted?" I'm sorry, but I-- "Only like reading minds." You know you're not too bad yourself!

Thanks to Ayelet D, who agrees this guy clearly needs to join Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem.

  • Deksam

    Yup, yup yup yup yup yup ughuh ughuh.

  • Meh

    Ugly? How polite. I would've voted for that worm over Hillary though. Better looking as well.

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Kind of reminds me of the Harlequin Demon from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

  • Ghost Pirates

    You want an unhinged Muppet? Meet Digit.


  • X_Retch

    haha love Digit. Ironically, I've been watching Jim Henson Hour videos lately

  • Bling Nye

    That dude's lookin' at this dude https://secure.i.telegraph.... who's harshin' his mellow.

  • That's worse than the first one!

  • Jenness

    We need more shots of this thing all around it - as it is it looks like it's growing out of something else which is even more disgusting.

  • Astaroth

    Is that a Marlboro from Final Fantasy?

  • Closet Nerd

    Even worse when it swims up your peener hole!

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