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Mediterranean Dusters

Marg Helgenberger, longtime star of CSI, gives her classic Los Angeles garden a second life as a glamorous Mediterranean-style retreat with plenty of space and style for backyard entertaining.

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Sabella spallanzanii (Mediterranean Fan Worm), a.k.a. European Fan Worm, Feather Duster Worm & Pencil Worm. Named after 18th century biologist Lazzaro Spallanzani. It is found in nutrient-rich waters in sheltered locations & grows on soft sediments or anchors itself to rocks or other solid surfaces. Its stiff tubes are formed from hardened mucus secreted by the worm & its feeding tentacles can be retracted into the tube. Photo taken by Brian Azzopardi at 25m at Reqqa Point on Gozo’s north…

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Spirographis spallanzani feather worm. Common names include the Mediterranean fanworm, the feather duster worm, the European fan worm[1] and the pencil worm.[2] It is native to shallow waters in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea. It has spread to various other parts of the world and is included on the Global Invasive Species Database.