Pomatoceros caeruleus   (Schmarda,  1861) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 15-25 mm.

Gills, collar and thorax bright indigo blue. Operculum probably variable, tube less regularly triangular, often coloured blue inside.

Synonym (s)
Placostegus caeruleus Schmarda, 1861
Pomatoceros caeruleus Fauvel, 1933
Pomatoceros caeruleus Fauvel, 1955
Pomatoceros caeruleus Fauvel, 1957
Pomatoceros caeruleus Hartman, 1959
Pomatoceros caeruleus Hartman, 1974
Pomatoceros caeruleus Ehlers, 1907
Vermilia greyi Quatrefages, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)

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

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Ennore Backwaters INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Harbour 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
  • 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
  • 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 - http://nopr.niscair.res.in/handle/123456789/1548
  • 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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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