Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Annelida > Class Polychaeta > Subclass Canalipalpata > Order Sabellida > Family Sabellidae > Subfamily Sabellinae > Genus Sabella

Sabella spallanzanii (Gmelin, 1791)

Rank: Species
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

SabellaLinnaeus, 1767accepted genus name
Spirographis Viviani, 1805 heterotypic synonym

Species group names

Sabella penicillus Linnaeus, 1767 heterotypic synonym
Spirographis spallanzanii (Viviani, 1805) synonym

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 English: feather duster worm sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English-United States: Feather Duster Worm


original description

Gmelin, J. F. 1791. Caroli a Linné Systema naturae per regna tria naturae, Editio decima tertia, aucta reformata. Leipzig: G. E. Deer. Tome 1, pars 6 (Vermes):3021-3910.

basis of record

Bellan, G. (2001). Polychaeta, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 214-231

basis of record

Wilson, R.S.; Hutchings, P.A. and Glasby, C.J. (eds) 2003. List of Polychaete species introduced to Australia. Polychaetes: An Interactive Identification Guide. CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne

basis of record

Fattorini, Daniele and Regoli, Francesco 2006. Arsenic speciation in tissues of the Mediterranean Polychaete Sabella spallanzanii. Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry, 23(8):1881-1887

additional source

Fauchald, Kristian (2007). World Register of Polychaeta

additional source

Biosis; Index To Organism Names


Knight-Jones, Phyllis and Perkins, Thomas H. 1998. A revision of Sabella, Bispira and Stylomma (Polychaeta: Sabellidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, London, 123: 385-467, 31 figures.



External Links

Link To GBIF


Bellan, G. (2011). Sabella spallanzanii (Gmelin, 1791). In: Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (Ed) (2011). World Polychaeta database. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2012) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:130969




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marine, not brackish, not fresh, not terrestrial


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