Sabellaria alveolata   (Linnaeus,  1767) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Body is subquadrangular. Operculum is dorsally joined. Outer paleae with 5-7 teeth with median large recurved teeth; operculum looks very much flattened.

Tubes, made of fragments of molluscan shells and corase sand, and are very hard.

Distributed in greyish silty sand, or sometimes attached on gastropod shells occupied by hermit crabs Actinians and Gattyana deludens.

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• Kerala, Off Azhikkode INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Achari, GPK (1974) Polychaetes of the family Sabellariidae with special reference to their intertidal habitat Proceedings of the Indian National Science Academy. Part B: Biological Sciences 38 (5&6) 442-455 Available at -
  • marine genomics europe Available at -
  • MarLIN: Marine life information network Biology and sensitivity key information sub-programme [on-line] Available at -

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