Eunice australis   Quatrefages,  1866 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Image copyrights: National Geographic Society

Size: 60-90 mm. by 5 mm.

Color: In spirit, yellowish, with sometimes a white spot on the back of each segment.

Tentacles deeply annulated. Gills beginning about 6th-7th foot; they attain to 10-15 filaments. They are found only on the anterior third of the body and disappear suddenly. Acicular bristles yellow, tridentate.

Synonym (s)
Eunice australis Amoureux et al., 1978
Eunice australis Fauchald, 1992
Eunice australis Fauvel, 1933
Eunice australis Fishelson, 1971
Eunice australis Fishelson & Rullier, 1969
Eunice australis Kiseleva, 1971
Eunice australis Monro, 1937
Eunice leuconuchalis Benham, 1900
(Heterotypic synonym)
Eunice paucibranchis Grube, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Eunice australis Quatrefages, 1865
Eunice murrayi McIntosh, 1904

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• Red Sea
• Gulf of Aden
• Arabian Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Porto Novo INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2004) AmphibiaWeb: Information on amphibian biology and conservation University of California at Berkeley, USA Available at -
  • Wehe, T and Fiege, D (2002) Annotated checklist of the polychaete species of the seas surrounding the Arabian Peninsula: Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Gulf Fauna of Arabia 19 7-238 Available at -
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Srikrishnadhas, B; Murugesan, P and Khan, SA (1998) Polychaetes of Parangipettai coast Annamalai University, Parangipettai 110 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Holland, JS (2007) Hawaiian Worms National Geographic National Geographic Society Available at -
  • Fauvel, P (1953) The fauna of India including Pakistan, Ceylon, Burma and Malaya: Annelida, Polychaeta The Indian press ltd., Allahabad 507 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Srikrishnadhas, B; Ramamoorthi, K and Balasubrahmanyan, K (1987) Polychaetes of Porto Novo waters Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The marine biological association of India 29(1&2) 134-139 Available at - NIO, Goa

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