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Species of the Month July 2007

Honeycomb worm (c) F. Crouch Common name: Honeycomb worm

Latin name: Sabellaria alveolata

A type of tubeworm (Annelida)


Key Features

  • Tube made of large sand grains.
  • The many honeycomb shaped tubes may form large reefs.
  • Worm itself is rarely seen but lives inside tube.

Where to look:

On the lower shore.

Effects of wamer seas:

May become more common in Britain and be found further north.

Effects on the environment:

Established reefs can exclude other plants and animals.

More information:

Click here find out more about this species on the MarLIN website