Christmas Tree Worm (species: Spirobranchus gardineri) in Lizard Island Field Guide (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Spirobranchus gardineri
Christmas Tree Worm


©Alexander Semenov: Spirobranchus gardineri in Porites coral at Lizard Island. Operculum is about 2.6 mm diameter. (Kupriyanova et al, 2015, AM W45089).

©Anne Hoggett: Spirobranchus gardineri in a cavern at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island.

©Anne Hoggett: Spirobranchus gardineri in a cavern at Pidgin Point, Lizard Island.
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Annelida
Class Polychaeta
Order Sabellida
Family Serpulidae
Genus Spirobranchus
Species Spirobranchus gardineri

Distinguishing features

Operculum has 3 or 4 antler-like spines facing outwards, originating from a long, central common stem (Kupriyanova et al, 2015).

Size

  • Size data has not been obtained.

Synonyms

Distribution


©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Web resources

References

  • Kupriyanova, E. K., Sun, Y., Ten Hove, H. A., Wong, E. and G. W. Rouse (2015). Serpulidae (Annelida) of Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia, Zootaxa, 4019 (1): 275-353. LIRS catalog number 1921.