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