Prionospio malmgreni   Claparede,  1869 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 7mm, excluding the 1 mm long anal cirrus, and possessing 45 setigers.

Hooks are found ventrally from the 14th setiger ;dorsally, single hooks are seen from the 22nd setiger, several from about the 30th onwards. Eyes present. The stout acicular bristle.

Synonym (s)
Prionospio malmgreni Claparede, 1869
Prionospio malmgreni Hartman, 1974
Prionospio malmgreni Maciolek, 1985
Prionospio malmgreni Mohammad, 1973
Prionospio malmgreni Claparede, 1870
Prionospio bocki Soderstrom, 1920
(Subjective synonym)
Prionospio capensis McIntosh, 1885
(Subjective synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Lugworm (English)
• Ragworm (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Sandy, Muddy


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• Southwest Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Depth: 4 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA (Depth: 4 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Porto Novo INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Majumdar, N (1984) On a collection of birds from Adilabad district, Andhra Pradesh Occasional paper no 65 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 23012 Available at - ZSI, Pune
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  • Khan, AS and Murugesan, P (2005) Polychaete diversity in Indian estuaries Indian Journal of Marine Sciences National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resources, CSIR, New Delhi, India, in association with Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, INDIA 34(1) 114-119 Available at -
  • 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 -
  • Jayaraj, KA; Sheeba, P; Jacob, J; Revichandran, C; Arun, PK; Praseeda, KS; Nisha, PA and Rasheed, KA (2007) Response of infaunal macrobenthos to the sediment granulometry in a tropical continental margin-southwest coast of India Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Elsevier 77(4) 743-754 Available at -
  • Banse K (1959) On marine Polychaeta from Mandapam (South India) Journal of the Marine Biological Association Of India Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 1(2) 165-177 Available at -
  • 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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