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Tiny sand fanworm
awaiting identification*
Family Sabellidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This tiny fanworm is sometimes seen on some of our shores, usually in silty sheltered lagoons, often in groups of 2-3 individuals. Others are found near burrows in silty sandy sheltered areas.

Features: On this page are included small fanworms with spots found in sandy areas.
Fan about 1cm in diameter. The small fan is a single spiral, white with brown portions that result in a chevron banded pattern. Some are brownish with white spots. It is very sensitive to disturbances and will disappear at the slightest sign of danger.

Sisters Island, Feb 10

Pulau Hantu, Sep 08

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

Tiny sand fanworms on Singapore shores

Photos of Tiny sand fanworms for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map


Pulau Tekukor, May 10
Photo shared by Neo Mei Lin on her blog.

Sisters Island, Dec 10
Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.


Beting Bemban Besar, May 11
Photo shared by Rene Ong on facebook.

Pulau Semakau, Aug 11
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.
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