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Spaghetti worms
awaiting identification*
updated Oct 2016

Where seen? Worms with long tentacles are sometimes seen.

Features: Displayed on this page are worms with long tentacles. They may belong to various different families and groups such as Family Terebellidae and Family Cirratulidae.

With grateful thanks to Leslie Harris for identifying one of the worms as Family Cirratulidae. She says "See the pointed head. That's typical for Family Cirratulidae. Cirratulids have multiple branchiae going down the body but the filaments are often concentrated at the anterior end which makes them look like terebellids." This worm was about 5cm long and had lots of long tentacles.

Sometimes mistaken for sea anemones or cerianthids.

What eats them? The Paper bubble snail feeds exclusively on worms from the Family Cirratulidae.

Family Cirratulidae.
With pointed head.
Changi, Jul 08

Chek Jawa, Aug 05

Pasir Ris, Jul 09
Photo shared by James Koh on his blog.

Pasir Ris, Jul 09

Pasir Ris Park, Apr 10

Changi Apr 10

Pasir Ris Park, Apr 10

Spaghetti worms seen on Singapore shores

Photos of Spaghetti worms for free download from wildsingapore flickr

Distribution in Singapore on this wildsingapore flickr map

With grateful thanks to Leslie H. Harris of the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County for comments on this worm and a tentative identification.


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