Peacock fan worm by Rob Spray and Dawn Watson 1/3
Peacock fan worm by Helen Nott 2/3
Peacock fan worm by Rob Spray and Dawn Watson 3/3

Peacock Fan Worm Sabella Pavonina

The gentle feathery-flower-like peacock fan worm has red or purple tentacles and an elongated segmented body. The worm inhabits a tube of fine mud, or sand particles, which are held together with mucus and are best seen underwater.

Conservation status

Not threatened.

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The fan is a set of appendages growing from the worm's head which it uses to catch food particles from the water which flows past it. The tube is not part of the animal but is built and extended by the worm as it grows.

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