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feather duster worm / Sabellastarte

Sabellastarte sp.


Catch tentacles are delicate. Wide, wavy-lobed. Red and blue. Long Sabellidae (feather duster worms) are sedentary marine polychaete tube worms where the head is mostly concealed by feathery branchiae. They build tubes out of parchment, sand, and bits of shell. Glomerula secretes a tube of calcium carbonate. They tend to be common in the intertidal zones around the world.


Docks, rock over hangings.


Located under the docks in Port Townsend, Washington.

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1 Comment

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Nice spot 1 this one looks more like a feather duster worm / Sabellastarte sp.

Port Townsend, Washington, USA

Spotted on Jul 12, 2012
Submitted on Jan 20, 2013

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