Marine Pests

Mediterranean Fanworm

Tube 10 - 50cm

Scientific NameSabella spallanzanii
This unwanted pest has become established in Waitemata Harbour, inner Hauraki Gulf in Auckland, Tutukaka, Whangarei, Coromandel, Tauranga, Gisborne, Nelson harbours, Picton and Lyttelton Port.
Has  a single spiral crown of elongated filaments projects from tube. Spiral appears yellow-orange, made of bands of white, yellow and brown.

• For more info see Marine Biosecurity Porthole | • New! marine pest map
• Boaties Clean Below Good to Go info

If you think you've found a marine pest - report online here
or call our pest and disease hotline 0800 80 99 66

  • Fouls boats, aquaculture and marine structures
  • Can form dense colonies (1000 per m2)
  • Displaces native and fisheries species 
  • Preys on larvae or fish species
  • Disrupts natural ecological balance
  • Highly effective filter-feeder

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