Anti-Caturday post


I have never seen one of these alive before, and most of you probably haven’t, either: a priapulid worm. You’ve seen thousands of cats, which are common as dirt, but here’s something wonderfully unusual.

Definitely uncircumcised.

(Also on Sb)

Comments

  1. JDStackpole says

    What is he(?) doing?

    Squirting sperm in various directions as PJ’s annotation would suggest? (Quite some capacity!)

    Or just trying to move himself from here to there?

    Or casting about for food?

    Or?

  2. says

    Who put the condom on it?

    Seriously, though, the worm looks as if it needs mud or sand to move; it inserts the proboscis while narrow, then fattens it up and pulls in, so it would move forward if anchored. Sad priapulid!

  3. Christian vdB says

    I’m entertained that I see a “Date Christian Girls” google ad for meet-christians.com on this page :)

  4. 'Tis Himself, OM says

    You’ve seen thousands of cats, which are common as dirt

    Dirt is much more common than cats.

  5. Bromion says

    Reminds me of a peanut worm, of which I had many in my aquarium. They have very extensible bodies and a creepy little mouth thing that can slide in and out. Kinda like Alien. Very cool!

  6. David Marjanović, OM says

    Priapulids have a long and rich history. They were pretty diverse in the Cambrian.

  7. Chakolate says

    I disabled AdBlock just so I could see these Christian ads, and nada! I’m very disappointed.

  8. Chakolate says

    Oh, dear. I would have thought good Christian girls would use less face paste… er, face paint. I thought at first you had sent me to one of those sites advertising 900 numbers.

  9. John Morales says

    Gloop, bloop bloop! Slither thither!

    (TMI – I had a shower earlier and examined my foreskin; it ain’t skin, it’s tissue with vascular features and well-innervated.
    And rather sensitive.

    What a misnomer!)

  10. says

    @Chakolate: Based on what I saw of the video, and what I read on wikipedia, the end that is “extending” in the video is the “anterior” portion of the worm, while the frilly end (“flame cells”?) is the “posterior” end (which is some combination of waste elimination and sexual organ, if I’m reading correctly). These worms are really primitive creatures; I encourage you to read the wikipedia article; it was very informative and fascinating (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Priapulida).

  11. McCthulhu awaits the return of the 2000 foot Frank Zappa says

    What an eccentric performance!

    What scale are we looking at there?

  12. paulburnett says

    “McCthulhu” asked “What scale are we looking at there?

    “ranging from 0.5 to 20 centimetres (0.20 to 7.9 inches)” according to cr0sh’s Wikipedia article.

  13. ikesolem says

    For a somewhat distant relative that’s even more evocative:



    That’s the fat innkeeper worm, Urechis caupo, a member of the Echiura class (phylum Annelida), commonly known as spoon worms.

    These are pretty common in shallow marine mudflats along the California coast, and form part of the diet of sea otters.

  14. Midnight Rambler says

    Very distant relative – priapulids are actually more closely related to insects and crustaceans, while annelids are sister to molluscs. Just goes to show – we’re all worms in the end!

  15. Chakolate says

    ikesolem @ 27,

    I searched wikipedia for ‘fat innkeeper worm’ and the third entry that came up was ‘Niles Crane’.

    It gave me a giggle.