Hawai'i Coral Reef Network

Marine Invertebrates of Hawai'i

Phylum Annelida - segmented worms  

Eurythoe complanata - fire worm

fire worm

Description: segmented worm with long white bristles protruding laterally; brightly colored
Size: up to 5 cm length.
Habitat: under rocks and in coral rubble in shallow water. WARNING: this species has venomous setae

Lanice conchilega - spaghetti worm

Spaghetti worm

Description: long, white tentacles radiating out from a central burrow.
Size: up to 1 m length (tentacles).
Habitat: shallow water, buried under rocks and sand

Sabellastarte sanctijosephi - feather duster worm .

feather duster

Description: large, plush, feather-duster like tentacles sticking out of holes
Size: up to 12 cm length (tentacles).
Habitat: shallow water, burrowed on hard substrates.

Spirobranchus giganteus - Christmas tree worm .

xmas tree worm

Description: brilliantly colored spiraled fans sticking out of coral; retracts when touched
Size: 3-6 cm length (fans).
Habitat: burrowed inside coral heads, primarily Porites lobata.


Last update: 1/25/2005