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Terebrasabella heterouncinata
Image courtesy of Carol A. Simon, Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Terebrasabella heterouncinata
Taxonomic Group: Annelids-Polychaetes
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Terebrasabella heterouncinata is a small sabellid polychaete that bores into the shells of gastropods. It is native to South Africa, but has been found on cultured abalone shells in California, Chile and Iceland. It has only been found beyond closed-circuit aquaculture operations in California, but an extensive eradication effort was successful in 1998. In its native habitat this species is found on rocky shorelines inhabited by gastropods, including abalones, turban shells, limpets, and whelks. Although it has not become established in the wild, it has imposed significant costs on abalone culture facilities in California, Chile, and Iceland where it is a pest.

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Fofonoff PW, Ruiz GM, Steves B, Simkanin C, & Carlton JT. .
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