European fan worm (Sabella spallanzanii)
What to look for
- Spiral fan of feeding tentacles.
- Flexible, leathery tube.
- Fan white/pale fawn/orange/banded red/brown.
- Tubes up to 40cm long, solitary or in groups.
- Tubes attached to hard surfaces, artificial structures, rocks, shells & seagrass on soft sediments.
- Sheltered waters, to 30 m depth.
- Forms dense colonies consuming vast amounts of food.
- No known predators in Australia.
- Fouls aquaculture structures increasing cost for industry.
- Cockburn Sound, Fremantle, Bunbury, Albany & Esperance WA,
- Metro Adelaide coast, SA;
- Port Phillip Bay Vic;
- Devonport Tas; Eden NSW
What you can do
- Familiarise yourself with the national best practice management biofouling guidelines.
- Inspect & clean niche areas & antifoul your vessels regularly.
- Clean & dry equipment before transporting & using in a different location.
- Check anchors & other equipment for tangled organisms.
More information on this pest can be found on the National Introduced Marine Pest Information System.