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Sand Worms Clam Worms and Tubeworms: Polychaeta

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Clam Worms, Sand Worms, Tubeworms, And PeopleGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, CONSERVATION STATUS

FIRE WORM (Eurythoe complanata): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
TUBEWORM (Serpula vermicularis): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
HONEYCOMB WORM (Sabellaria alveolata): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Clam worms, sand worms, and tubeworms are found in oceans and seas worldwide.


Three species of clam worms, sand worms, and tubeworms are listed by the World Conservation Union (IUCN). Mesonerilla prospera is listed as Critically Endangered, or facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. Erythrina polychaeta is Vulnerable, or facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. The Palolo worm, Eunice viridis, is also listed, but there is not enough information to determine if it is threatened.

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Animal Life ResourceMollusks, Crustaceans, and Related Species