In the SimonPolychaeteLab we deal mostly with shell-boring spionids but we are increasingly working on a range of non-spionids which are also associated with cultured molluscs or occur in the nutrient rich effluent outflow paths from abalone farms. Many of these worms are alien, potentially invasive, potentially incorrectly identified or new to science.
This has provided us with opportunities to study the biology of the worms and how alien worms are spread around the country, to clarify their identities and to describe new species. The long term goal is to revise the polychaetes of South Africa, one family at a time.
The aims of this website are to enable the easy identification of shell infesting and to gradually introduce information relating to a wider variety of non-shell infesting worms. Enjoy!