Myrianida (syllid polychaete) with eggs

Myrianida spp. (syllid polychaete)

 

Location: ~25 km offshore from Georgetown, SC

This is the reproductive adult phase of the syllid polychaete worm formerly known as Autolytus. Mature worms enter the plankton and brood their eggs, as shown here. Syllid polychaetes have complex life cycles that vary among species.