|General Information||Taxonomy and identification||General biology||Habitat preferences and distribution||Reproduction and longevity||Sensitivity||Importance|
Image - Sabellaria spinulosa tubes. Image width ca XX cm.
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Sabellaria spinulosa is not listed under any importance categories.
|Researched by:||Angus Jackson and Dr Keith Hiscock||Refereed by:||Prof. S. J. Hawkins|
|Phylum||Annelida||Segmented worms e.g. ragworms, tubeworms & fanworms|
|Class||Polychaeta||Bristleworms, e.g. ragworms, scaleworms, paddleworms, fanworms and tubeworms|
|Recorded distribution in Britain and Ireland||All British and Irish coasts|
|Habitat information||Found on hard substrata on exposed, open coasts where sand is available for tube building. It is mainly subtidal but may be found in the low intertidal.|
|Description||An occasionally gregarious segmented worm that builds tubes from sand or shell fragments. Found subtidally in exposed areas. Does not form reefs over most of its range being found mostly individually but may form thin crusts or large reefs up to several metres across and 60 cm high. Quite similar to Sabellaria alveolata.|
This review can be cited as follows:
Angus Jackson and Dr Keith Hiscock 2008. Sabellaria spinulosa. Ross worm. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 18/06/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesfullreview.php?speciesID=4278>