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Ornate Amphipod

Best identified by their striking colouration.

Plumed Hydroid

They are common in shallow waters.

Pocket Amphipod

It resembles an 'upturned shape' carrying a small 'pocket'.

Red-Striped Amphipod

They can be found under stones on gravel or coarse sand.

Seaweed Amphipod

They are the most numerous amphipod on rocky shores.

Shell-Boring Spionid

They are tiny worms that burrow in shells and limestone.

Skeleton Shrimp

Skeleton shrimps can cling to algae or hydroids.

Smokey Feather-Hydroid

The are identified by their distinctive upright, feathery stems.

Spiralfan Worm

They are minute coiled worms with characteristic spiral shells.

Sponge Amphipods

They live within the body cavities of sponges and ascidans.

Thin-Walled Obeliak

It has a creeping, rooty base with upright, unbranched stems.

Three-Antennaed Worm

They have a distinctive three-head antennae.

Toothed Feather-Hydroids

A series of plumed, unbranched stems on a root-like base.

Wiry Hydroid

They have thin, wiry stems that divide frequently into pairs.

Wonder Worm

They can be from 35cm up to one metre in length.

Woolly Worm

The posterior region gives off the 'woolly' appearance.


A common mineral, it can resemble calcite to the untrained eye.

Bar-Toothed Nereid

They are distinguished by the bar-like tiny tooth on the gullet.

Bamboo Worm

So-called as their segments resemble a bamboo stalk.


They are small, thin and thread-like in appearance.

Big Eye Amphipod

Thy are the most common and numerous amphipods.

Portuguese Man of War

They are also known as bluebottles.

Bushy Hydroid

They grow on ships' hulls, algae, rocks and other hydroids.

Burrowing Amphipod

They have short, wide bodies and setose legs.

Cape Reef Worm

A gregarious species, known to overrun the shore.

Comb Jelly

They are transparent with iridescent flickering colours.

Comb-Toothed Nereid

They can be found in seaweeds on rocky shores.

Common Scaleworm

They are common in rock crevices and beneath boulders.

Compact Amphipod

So-called because of their sturdy and compact bodies.

Estuarine Wonderworm

This species is a favoured bait for anglers.

Estuarine Worm

They are small, thin and burrow into sandbanks.

False Earthworm

They have earthworm shaped bodies but without gills.

Feathery Seapen

They grow vertically out of the sand in dense colonies.

Fish Louse

Fish louse are a parasitic species living on fish.

Flabby Bristle-worm

They live in silty or sandy pools under boulders.

Giant Pill Bug

They resemble wood lice and roll into a ball when disturbed.

Glycerine Worms

They will lash out their four jaws when disturbed.

High-Spined Commensal Hydroid

They occur on scaly dogwhelks.

Horned Isopod

So-called because of its pair of long curved 'horns'.

Louse Amphipod

The flattened body is unusual and resembles and isopod.

Metallic Isopod

Large numbers are found swimming in shallow waters in bays.

Mussel Worm

There are over 50 species in southern African waters.

Nephthys' Sand-worms

This species is named after the Egyptian goddess Nephthys.

Nippled Seafan

The cylindrical branches are covered with nipple-like bulges.

Orange Thread-Gilled Worm

Only the orange gills and tentacles are usually visible.

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