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Mediterranean Fan Worm

Scientific Name: Sabella spallanzanii

Description: Mediterranean Fan Worms have stiff and sandy tubes, formed from hardened mucus, and secreted by the worm which stick up from the seafloor or where they are attached.

They have a two-layered crown of feeding tentacles which can be retracted into the tube, one of the layers forms a distinct spiral which distinguishes them from native fan worms.

These worms are a highly invasive species that originates in Europe and can form vast carpets across the seafloor, competing for food and space with many other species.

Type: Segmented Worms
Where to find: Subtidal Reefs, Estuary
Size: 200mm