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Apr 30

April 30, 1998

European fan worm

Sabellid Worm Discovered at Port Noarlunga

Mary Anne Stacy of the Port Noarlunga Aquatics Centre recently discovered an unusual fan worm on a pylon of the Port Noarlunga Jetty. Suspecting it to be a Sabella worm (a species introduced from European waters in ships’ ballast) Mary Anne organised for it to be identified. Her fears proved to be correct. This is especially disturbing as although this highly competitive worm is particularly abundant in the Port River area, they were not thought to have spread further south…

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Feb 1

February 1, 1997

European fan worm

The European Featherduster Worm (Sabella spallanzani)

South Australian divers may have heard a little bit about the introduction of exotic species into Australian waters. It is said to be an increasing problem but we do not see much evidence of it in SA waters. Fortunately, we have not yet seen anything of the large Northern Pacific Seastar which is decimating Tasmania’s marine life. There is, however, one introduced species that seems to be rapidly establishing itself in our waters. It is the European Featherduster Worm (which…

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