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Created 3/21/2015

Family Serpulidae


Spirobranchus cf. corniculatus

Kure Atoll, 50 feet


He'eia, Oahu, 2 feet

Makua, Oahu, 20 feet


Fish Hole, Midway Atoll, 50 feet

Makua, Oahu, 20 feet


Moku o Loe, Kaneohe Bay, Oahu, 2 feet

Haleiwa trench, Oahu, 20 feet


Kewalo Pipe, Oahu, 60 feet


Kewalo Hump, Oahu, 90 feet


Sharks Cove, Oahu, 35 feet


Sand Island, Oahu, 10 feet

Sharks Cove, Oahu, 30 feet


Tentative identification.  Common in massive corals and limestone reef rock.  The worm's body creates a tunnel and extends a pair of colorful crowns that function as gills and food gathering devices.  The crowns are rapidly retracted when disturbed and the hole is covered by a hard operculum.  Crown diameter of 0.6 inch.  Hawai'i & the Indo-Pacific.