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Parasabella media Bush, 1905
Bare-tipped Feather Worm; Parasol Feather-Duster
Family: Sabellidae

Photo of species

© Neil McDaniel  Email the photographer   (Photo ID #58553)

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Distribution of Parasabella media in British Columbia
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A large sabellid polychaete with a variously-coloured plume. The radiole tips are bare (lacking pinnules). The tube is parchment-like and large, up to 30 cm long. When the worm retracts the tube opening remains round. This worm is parasitized by the tiny snail Evalea tenuisculpta.

Note Author: Neil McDaniel

Status Information

Origin StatusProvincial StatusBC List
(Red Blue List)
BC Ministry of Environment: BC Species and Ecosystems Explorer--the authoritative source for conservation information in British Columbia.

Synonyms and Alternate Names

Demonax medius (Bush, 1905)
Sabella media (Bush, 1905)

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General References

Recommended citation: Author, Date. Page title. In Klinkenberg, Brian. (Editor) 2021. E-Fauna BC: Electronic Atlas of the Fauna of British Columbia [efauna.bc.ca]. Lab for Advanced Spatial Analysis, Department of Geography, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. [Accessed: 2022-08-18 10:58:41 AM]
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