Sabella spallanzanii, Portarlington, VIC, Photo: Andrew Green
Mediterranean, Temperate Australasia
Large sabellid polychaete with banded tentacles arranged in a distinctive spiral. The species has been introduced into Australia from Europe. Because of the great colonising and particle-filtering capacity of these animals, the species is probably having an adverse effect on populations of native filter-feeding invertebrates.
Max Size: 70 cm
Sea Temperature Range: 13.9-19.7°C
Habitat: Soft sediment
Threats: Invasive species
IUCN Threat Status: Not Evaluated
Occurrence: Infrequent (7% of sites)
Occurrence describes how often the species is found on surveys within its distribution.
It is calculated as the % of reef sites surveyed by RLS divers across all the ecoregions in which the species has been observed
Abundance: Few (3 per transect)
Abundance is calculated as the average number of individuals recorded per RLS transect, where present.
Edit by: GJ Edgar. 2008. Australian Marine Life. New Holland, Sydney