Intertidal Tube Worm

Galeolaria caespitosa Lamarck, 1818

Noticeable along the shoreline due to the white to grey calcareous tubes they build and live in, the worm itself is concealed with the tube only appearing during tidal movements to feed.

The symmetrical worm uses tentacles as gills and to feed and has an operculum that seals the tube during low tides

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What habitats does Galeolaria caespitosa live in?

Grows in colonies on rocks and piers in the interidal zone

What is the distribution of Galeolaria caespitosa?

Southern Australia from southern WA to Victoria and around Tasmania

How big does Galeolaria caespitosa grow?

Indiviual worms can grow to around 20mm

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