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Superregnum: Eukaryota
Cladus: Unikonta
Cladus: Opisthokonta
Cladus: Holozoa
Regnum: Animalia
Subregnum: Eumetazoa
Cladus: Bilateria
Cladus: Nephrozoa
Cladus: Protostomia
Cladus: Spiralia
Cladus: Lophotrochozoa
Phylum: Annelida
Classis: Polychaeta
Subclassis: Palpata
Ordo: Canalipalpata
Subordo: Sabellida

Familia: Sabellariidae
Subfamiliae: Lygdaminae - Sabellariinae

Sabellariidae Johnston, 1865

Hutchings, P., Capa, M. & Peart, R. 2012. Revision of the Australian Sabellariidae (Polychaeta) and description of eight new species. Zootaxa 3306(1): 1–60. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3306.1.1 Paywall. Reference page.

Sabellariidae is a family of marine polychaete worms in the suborder Sabellida. The worms live in tubes made of sand and are filter feeders and detritivores.[1]

Members of this family live in tubes made of sand and shell fragments cemented together and attached to rocks. Some species are colonial and the multitude of their tubes may create hummocks and even reefs. The top of the tube can be closed by an operculum formed by several rings of bristles on the head of the worm. The head also bears several fine feeding tentacles and a pair of small palps. The thoracic section of the body has 3 or 4 segments with paddle-like capillary bristles. The abdominal section has many segments each with hooked bristles on raised lobes. There are a pair of gills on each of the thoracic segments and on the front abdominal segments. The rear of the body is bent forward along a groove in the midsection of the body.[1]

Idanthyrsus Kinberg, 1876
Lygdamis Kinberg, 1867
Neosabellaria Kirtley, 1994
Phalacrostemma Marenzeller, 1895
Phragmatopoma Mörch, 1863
Sabellaria Savigny, 1818
Tetreres [2]


Read, G. B. (compiler) (2004). "Sabellariidae". Guide to New Zealand Shore Polychaetes. National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA). Retrieved 7 October 2015.

Read G, Fauchald K, eds. (2015). "Sabellariidae Johnston, 1865". World Polychaeta database. World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

Further reading

Zale, Alexander V.; Merrifield, Susan G. (1989). "Species Profiles: Life Histories and Environmental Requirements of Coastal Fishes and Invertebrates (South Florida) – reef-building tube worm" (PDF). Biological Report. U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. 82 (11.115). TR EL-82-4. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
"Sabellariid Worm Reefs" (PDF). Florida Oceanographic Society. 2010. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
"Sabellariid Worm Reef – Phragmatopoma caudata" (PDF). Florida Oceanographic Society. 2011. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

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