- Magnificent Banded Fan Worm
In members of this genus thoracic and abdominal interramal eye spots present while radiolar eyes are absent. Abdominal neurochaetae are arranged in a spiral. In living specimens, identification is easy since the radiolar crown when expanded underwater is a very obvious helix (in a native species of similar size the radiolar crown of live specimens appears as a tuft, not obviously helical. Preserved specimens are more difficult to distinguish and require careful observation of chaetal arrangement. Body up to about 1 cm long.
This large fan worm is very common in several harbours in southern Australia where it has been accidentally introduced from the Mediterranean Sea through shipping activity.
Port Phillip Bay and other similar coastal habitat, inshore and continental shelf.
Plankton or particles
Introduced to Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Not listed