Palolo

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Palolo

 

(Eunice viridis), a marine annelid of the class Poly-chaeta. The palolo is greenish and reaches a length of 1 m. The worm is found in the coral reefs of various tropical Pacific islands, including Fiji and Tangoa. Twice annually, in October and November, the sexually mature worms swarm at the surface of the sea; the swarming corresponds to particular phases of the moon.

The palolo is part of the diet of the local inhabitants.

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