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Blue fanworm
awaiting identification*
Family Sabellidae
updated Oct 2019
Where seen? This fanworm is sometimes seen in sandy areas, even in silty sand, on our Northern shores.

Features: Fan 6-8cm in diameter. The fan banded bluish, brown and white sometimes with portions in bright yellow. Overall shade may be purplish-blue or greenish. Usually found alone in sand.

Sometimes this fanworm is seen at low tide with the fan still out of the tube and the fan 'feathers' stuck together into 'petals' so that it looks like a bizarre flower!

Chek Jawa, Jun 05

Chek Jawa , Jul 05

Beting Bronok, May 06

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

Blue fanworms on Singapore shores
On wildsingapore flickr

Other sightings on Singapore shores

Chek Jawa, Jul 18
Photo shared by Jianlin LIu on facebook.

Pulau Sekudu, Aug 23
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.
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