BIOTIC Species Information for Sabellaria alveolata
Researched byAngus Jackson Data supplied byMarLIN
Refereed byProf. S. J. Hawkins
Distribution and Habitat
Distribution in Britain & IrelandIn Britain, most abundant on the south and west coasts with isolated records from the south east and east coasts. The northern limit is the Outer Hebrides. It is also found on south, west and north coasts of Ireland.
Global distributionMediterranean, north Atlantic south to Morocco. The British Isles form the northern limits of the distribution in the north east Atlantic
Biogeographic rangeNot researched Depth rangeMTL - 10 metres
MigratoryNon-migratory / Resident   
Distribution Additional InformationThe honeycomb worm appears to be absent from many exposed peninsulas, probably due to the effects of water movement on recruitment.

Substratum preferencesBedrock
Large to very large boulders
Small boulders
Physiographic preferencesOpen coast
Biological zoneMid Eulittoral
Lower Eulittoral
Sublittoral Fringe
Upper Infralittoral
Wave exposureVery Exposed
Moderately Exposed
Tidal stream strength/Water flowStrong (3-6 kn)
Moderately Strong (1-3 kn)
SalinityFull (30-40 psu)
Habitat Preferences Additional InformationAlthough a hard substratum is required for attachment, there needs to be adequate sand or small shell particles from which to construct the tubes.

It is typically found in the low intertidal but occasionally found subtidally (e.g. in the Severn estuary). It typically colonizes bedrock or large boulders but in some sites binds together small cobbles in a complex with mussels.

It has a strong settlement preference for adult tubes or sites currently or previously used by the species.
Distribution References Cunningham et al., 1984, Campbell, 1994, Hayward et al., 1996, Holt et al., 1998, NBN, 2002, JNCC, 1999, Picton & Costello, 1998,
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