Thelepus plagiostoma   (Schmarda,  1861) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 100-180 mm. by 8-10 mm.

Color: Brown or reddish.

Three pairs of filiform gills. Posterior part of the body generally swollen, but abruptly tapering to the pygidium. Dorsal setae nearly to the end of the body. Posterior segments very short, densely crowded, nearly smooth, and lacking uncini. Abdominal pinnules small, not projecting. Uncini with a transverse row of two teeth above the main fang, and a basal knob.

Synonym (s)
Terebella plagiostoma Schmarda, 1861
Thelepus plagiostoma Hartman, 1974
Thelepus plagiostoma Holthe, 1986
Neottis rugosa Ehlers, 1897

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andhra Pradesh, Off Visakhapatnam Coast (Lat: 17.7) (Long: 83.3) INDIA
• Malacca MALAYSIA

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
  • Sarma, ALN (1977) The phytal fauna of Sargassum off Visakhapatnam coast Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India, Ernakulam, Cochin-682 011, India 16(3) 741-755 Available at - NIO, RC, Kochi
  • 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 -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) 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

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