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Created 12/5/2013

Family Serpulidae

HAWAII

Ficopomatus enigmaticus 



Kanewai Spring, Oahu

AUSTRALIAN TUBEWORM

An invasive species that forms thick masses on hard objects just below the surface in brackish estuaries and ponds.  White calcareous tubes 2-3mm in diameter with flaring aperture forming annular collars with successive growth.  Tentacular crowns greenish-yellow.  Native to Australia and spread worldwide on ship hulls or ballast water.