Image Sue Daly - Three Sabella pavonina with tentacles fanned out. Image width ca XX cm.
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Sabella pavonina is not listed under any importance categories.
|Phylum||Annelida||Segmented worms e.g. ragworms, tubeworms & fanworms|
|Class||Polychaeta||Bristleworms, e.g. ragworms, scaleworms, paddleworms, fanworms and tubeworms|
|Recent synonyms||Sabella penicillus|
|Recorded Distribution in Britain and Ireland||Widely distributed, and locally abundant, around all British coasts.|
|Habitat information||Found on stones in sand and mud, at and below low water.|
|Description||A long, slender, many segmented worm up to 30 cm long and only 4mm in width. It lives permanently in a smooth, flexible, muddy tube that projects up to 10 cm above the sand. The head projects from the tube during feeding and bears a daisy-like crown of feathery tentacles in two groups. The body can be yellowish-orange or greyish purple in colour and the crown is banded in various colours.|
|Additional information||Identification of the family Sabellidae to species level depends on the fine structure of the parapods (see Fauchald, 1977).|
This review can be cited as follows:
Penny Avant 2008. Sabella pavonina. Peacock worm. Marine Life Information Network: Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Sub-programme [on-line]. Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. [cited 11/12/2013]. Available from: <http://www.marlin.ac.uk/speciesinformation.php?speciesID=4274>