Heteromastus filiformis   (Claparede,  1864) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: 1 mm broad and 100 mm long

Color: The anterior end is colored red, the posterior end reddish green or yellow.

Two regions can be distinguished across the body: an anterior end with twelve bristle-covered segments and a posterior end with segments with thickened parapodial grooves.

Synonym (s)
Capitella filiformis Claparede, 1864
Heteromastus filiformis Hutchings & Rainer, 1981
Heteromastus filiformis Wesenberg-Lund, 1949
Ancistria capillaris Verrill, 1874
(Subjective synonym)
Ancistria minima Quatrefages, 1865
(Subjective synonym)
Areniella filiformis Verrill, 1874
(Subjective synonym)
Capitella costana Claparede, 1869
(Subjective synonym)
Capitella fimbriata van Beneden, 1857
(Subjective synonym)
Notomastus filiformis Verrill, 1873
(Subjective synonym)
Notomastus laevis Webster, 1886

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Kerala, Kochi Backwaters (Lat: 9.97) (Long: 76.22) INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi Estuary INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Kakinada Bay INDIA
• Karnataka, Mangalore INDIA (Record: 12/2006-01/2007) (Depth: 26-28 mts)

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
  • 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 - http://www.senckenberg.de/files/content/forschung/abteilung/aquazool/mev2/wehe_&_fiege.pdf
  • Sheeba, P Distribution of benthic infauna in the Cochin backwaters in relation to environmental parameters (Ph. D thesis-Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India) 241 pp Available at - Cochin University of Science and Technology, Kochi, India
  • Anzari, ZA; Ingole, BS and Parulekar, AH (1986) Effect of high organic enrichment of benthic polychaete population in an estuary Marine Pollution Bulletin 17 361-365 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Vijayakumar, R; Ansari, ZA and Parulekar, AH (1991) Benthic fauna of Kakinada bay and backwaters, east coast of India Indian Journal of Marine Sciences 20 195-199 Available at - http://drs.nio.org/drs/bitstream/2264/3190/2/Indian_J_Mar_Sci_20_195.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Musale, AS and Desai, DV (2011) Distribution and abundance of macrobenthic polychaetes along the south Indian coast Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Springer 178(1-4) 423-436 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10661-010-1701-3

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