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Leuckart, 1849

Description:
As Sabellaria alveolata except middle row of opercular chaetae point distally, and outer ones tapered with long median tooth with several serrations on each side (S. spinulosa-opercular chaetae); (S. spinulosa-chaetae).

Size:
Up to 30 mm for 40 segments.

Tube:
Made of cemented sand grains, often densely aggregated, their apertures forming a honeycomb pattern.

Colour:
Wine-red, thorax with dark brown spots; tail light brown. Mature males whitish, mature females violet.

Habitat:
On rock or sand.

Distribution:
Eastern North Atlantic to Bay of Guinea, Black sea, North Sea to Kattegat.

Sabellaria spinulosa