Sabellaria alveolata
Honeycomb worm

Sabellaria alveolata
Rock covered entirely with tubes of Sabellaria alveolata.
Image width ca XX cm.
Image: Keith Hiscock

Phylum Annelida
Class Polychaeta
Habitat Information
Found on hard substrata on exposed, open coasts with moderate to considerable water movement where sand is available for tube building. Typically on the bottom third of the shoreline but also in the shallow sub-tidal.
Species description
A frequently gregarious segmented worm that builds tubes from sand or shell fragments. Found intertidally (although occasionally subtidally) in exposed areas. Tubes often densely aggregated forming a honey comb pattern. May form large reefs up to several metres across and a metre deep.
PMF archive information
Species name is listed in the PMF at the following locations:
>Cawsand Bay
Wembury bay
Whitsand Bay

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