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Banded fanworm
awaiting identification*
Family Sabellidae
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? This worm with large feathery tentacles is often seen in living hard corals, as well as dead coral rubble, on many of our shores.

Features: Fan 6-8cm in diameter. The fan is banded white and brown. Usually found alone, rarely a few next to each other. Like other fanworms, it is shy and rapidly retracts into its leathery tube at the slightest sign of danger.

Chek Jawa, Jun 06

Growing among seagrasses, also two-toned.
Cyrene Reef, Apr 08

Growing in living hard coral.
Pulau Hantu, Apr 07

*Species are difficult to positively identify without close examination.
On this website, they are grouped by external features for convenience of display.

Banded fanworms on Singapore shores

Photos of Banded fanworms for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Sentosa Serapong, Jul 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Lazarus Island, Feb 11
Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.

Terumbu Raya, May 10
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.


Terumbu Hantu, Jun 13
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on flickr.

Terumbu Pempang Laut, Apr 11
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his blog.


Pulau Berkas, May 10

Terumbu Salu, Jan 10

Pulau Salu, Jun 10


Pulau Sudong, Dec 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Pulau Pawai, Dec 09
Photo shared by Loh Kok Sheng on his flickr.

Pulau Senang, Jun 10

Filmed on 8 Feb 09 at Pulau Semakau

fanworm 4 @ semakau 08Feb2009 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.

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