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Peacock Fan Worm (Sabella pavonina)
Sabella pavonina - The Peacock Fan Worm

Sabella pavonina - The Peacock Fan Worm emerging from mud-tubes

A large sedentary polychaete that lives in a conspicuous tube which may protrude 15cm from the sediment surface. The tube is constructed from fine mud particles bound together with mucus and has an almost rubber like texture. This species lives on the lower shore of sheltered muddy shores and filter feeds by extending its large fan like branchial gills from the end of the tube. Breeding takes place in the spring and the sexes are separate. The tentacles can be food for fish.


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