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Created 12/5/2013

Family Serpulidae


Ficopomatus enigmaticus 

Kanewai Spring, Oahu


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.