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White spiral fanworm
awaiting identification*
Family Sabellidae
updated Oct 2016
Where seen? This small fanworm is sometimes seen on some of our shores, especially in sandy areas near coral rubble.

Features: Fan about 2-3cm in diameter. The fan forms a double or triple spiral. The white feathery tentacles have tiny maroon spots on the 'rib'. There are also maroon spots on the white body.
The worms are often seen close to one another, in groups of 5 or more. They are very sensitive to disturbances and will disappear at the slightest sign of danger.

Chek Jawa, May 05

Pulau Sekudu, Aug 05

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

White spiral fanworms on Singapore shores

Photos of White spiral fanworms for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

Tuas, Aug 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

St John's Island, May 14
Photo shared by Toh Chay Hoon on facebook.

Pulau Semakau North, Jul 15
Photo shared by Russel Low on facebook.

Terumbu Pempang Darat, Jun 10
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Terumbu Pempang Tengah, Mar 16
Photo shared by Marcus Ng on facebook.

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

white spiral fan worm @ sekudu - Oct2011 from SgBeachBum on Vimeo.

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