Coral worm (Salmacina dysteri)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandCommon around the British Isles.
HabitatOccur on rocks and may be found on the lower shore, but more commonly occur sublittorally in less sheltered areas.
- Dense aggregation of interwoven tubes.
- Tubes white, almost translucent.
- Eight colourless, white or pinkish tentacles on the head.
- Body pink and up to 5 mm long.
Additional informationAlmost identical to the tubeworm Filograna implexa. The two species can be distinguished by the cup-shaped terminals (opercula) to two of the crown tentacles present in Filograna implexa, which are absent in Salmacina dysteri. Salmacina dysteri may form large globular masses which divers have described as "like brain coral".
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Last Updated: 30/11/2006