This is a large tubeworm that lives in the sandy bottoms of the Mediterranean Sea.
The Spirographis spallanzani has a specialized structures called crown,
which is extended from the tubes to collect food particles and for gas exchange.
This crown had striking colors, mostly orange and white in bands.
This polychaete worm secretes a mucuos material in order to form a flexibel tube that stands vertical from the sand or muddy substrate.
Spirographis spallanzani, a feather duster worm.
Another freeswimming transparant worm can be seen:
This is Torrea Candida.
it belongs to the Alciopidae.
Spirographis spallanzani with
Sabelliphilus elongatus attached to Sabella pavonina
parasites of Spirographis spallanzani
Sabelliphilus elongatus (M.Sars 1862) attaches itself to the branchial plumes of Sabella
pavonina and Spirographis spallanzani, while Sabelliphilus sarsi (Claparede 1870) attaches to the body
of Spirographis spallanzani.