A polystome worm (Palolo viridis) that burrows into the coral reefs of specific of the Pacific isles. A little before the final quarter for the moon in October and November, they swarm in vast numbers at area of the water for breeding, and are also gathered and very esteemed as food by the natives. An allied species inhabits the tropical Atlantic and swarms in June or July.
an extraordinary marine worm associated with household Nereidæ, Palolo viridis, present vast numbers into the Polynesian seas, and far used for food by the locals.
[capitalized] [NL.] A generic title with this worm, known as Palolo viridis. Also Palola.