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Ficopomatus uschakovi
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Ficopomatus uschakovi
Taxonomic Group: Annelids-Polychaetes


Ficopomatus uschakovi is a serpulid tubeworm. It is native to the Indo-Pacific region including the Solomon Islands, northern Australia, the Philippines, Brunei and India. It has been introduced to West Africa, Brazil, Venezuela, Pacific Mexcio, and the southeastern United States. It secretes a calcareous tube and can be found on hard surfaces such as rocks, mangroves, shells, wood, pilings and floats. This species has the potential to foul boat hulls, navigational structures, and power plants. While abundant local populations have been reported in Nigeria and Brazil, no ecological or economic impacts have been described.

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