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Description

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Tube building Polychaete that inhabits a thick parchment-like tube that is chitinized internally and externally covered in foramnifera and algae to avoid predator recognition. Tubes can extend up to a meter deep into the sediment, whereas the decorated tube hook only extends a couple of centimeters out of the sediment.

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Kim, Stacy L., "The structure and organization of a kelp forest ecotone : the Diopatra ornata community" (1989). Master's Theses. Paper 3202.
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Feeding

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Tube projects from the sediment in the seabed to catch invertebrate prey. Microcarnivore.

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Watanabe, J. (2014, June 14). Phylum Annelida: Subtidal Segmented Worms. Retrieved March 1, 2015, from http://seanet.stanford.edu/Polychaeta/#Diopatra_ornata
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Habitat

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Form tube-mats on sand-bottom interface between rock reefs and kelp forests along the California coast. Often abundant in sand patches near rocky areas such as tide pools.Densities of up to 3000 worms/m2 have been found in central California.

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ABA Consultants. 1985. North Monterey County Regional Monitoring Report. Prepared for Monterey Regional Water Pollution Control Agency. 31 pp.
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