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Can someone enlighten me on this lol.


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Can someone enlighten me on this lol.


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You may have a female Green Spoon Worm, Bonellia viridis. If so, be aware that it is toxic (the toxin is called Bonellin, and I’m not sure about it’s effects on people), and please handle it with care and a good pair of gloves.
 
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You may have a female Green Spoon Worm, Bonellia viridis. If so, be aware that it is toxic (the toxin is called Bonellin, and I’m not sure about it’s effects on people), and please handle it with care and a good pair of gloves.
You are absolutely correct. Thanks for the info. Are these common hitch hikers for us?
 

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You are absolutely correct. Thanks for the info. Are these common hitch hikers for us?
To my knowledge, no. You’re actually the only person I’ve ever seen with one. I actually only know about these guys because I went on a slight marine worm researching binge a while back (despite that, I’ve barely scratched the surface in learning about worms at this point, so it’s quite lucky on my part that I recognized this one).
 

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You are absolutely correct. Thanks for the info. Are these common hitch hikers for us?
To my knowledge, no. You’re actually the only person I’ve ever seen with one. I actually only know about these guys because I went on a slight marine worm researching binge a while back (despite that, I’ve barely scratched the surface in learning about worms at this point, so it’s quite lucky on my part that I recognized this one).
+1. Throughout my time being a member on Reef2Reef I've only seen a single report of a green spoon worm hitchhiking into someone's tank (which I initially misidentified as a ribbon worm):
https://www.reef2reef.com/threads/two-tenticals-in-live-rock.924241/
 
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My aquarium started as all dry rock seeded with tims. The only rock I added was from a well established reef from a member in a local club. Most of my corals I bring in I dip and inspect. Definitely going to wear gloves from this point forward if my hands go into the tank
 
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