Arabella iricolor   Montagu  1804 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Image copyrights: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Size: 32-57 x 1-4 mm.

Blunt, conical proboscis with four eyes. Parapodia with dorsal cirrus reduced to a bent knob. Seta simple, stout and geniculate.

Synonym (s)
Nereis iricolor Montagu 1804
Maclovia iricolor var. capensis Fauvel 1911
Arabella (Maclovia) iricolor Fauvel 1919 b
Arabella iricolor Wesenberg-Lund 1949
Arabella iricolor Fishelson & Rullier 1969
Arabella iricolor Fishelson 1971
Arabella iricolor Mohammad 1971
Arabella iricolor Hartman 1974 b
Arabella iricolor Ben-Eliahu 1977 a
Arabella iricolor iricolor Mohammad 1981
Arabella lagunae Chamberlin 1919
(Heterotypic synonym)
Arabella maculosa Verrill 1900
(Heterotypic synonym)
Arabella setosa Treadwell 1921
(Heterotypic synonym)
Aracoda moebiana Grube 1878
(Heterotypic synonym)
Aracoda multidentata Ehlers 1887
(Heterotypic synonym)
Drilonereis pinnata Treadwell 1921
(Heterotypic synonym)
Lumbriconereis longissima Grube 1857
(Heterotypic synonym)
Lumbriconereis opalina Verrill 1873
(Heterotypic synonym)
Lumbriconereis quadristriata Grube 1840
(Heterotypic synonym)
Lumbriconereis splendida Leidy 1855
(Heterotypic synonym)
Lumbricus st-hilaryi Delle Chiaje 1841
(Heterotypic synonym)
Lumbrinereis tricolor Johnston 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Lumbrineris dubia Quatrefages 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Lumbrineris gigantea Quatrefages 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Maclovia iricolor capensis Willey 1904
(Heterotypic synonym)
Nereis tricolor Leach in Johnston 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Notocirrus margaritaceus Quatrefages 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Notocirrus tricolor (Johnston) 1865
(Homotypic synonym)
Oenone maculata Milne Edwards 1836
(Heterotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Muddy, Coastal


• Southwest Coast INDIA (Record: 2007)
• Maharashtra, Arnala INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Alibag INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Malvan INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Vengurla INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Goa, Marmagao Bay INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Goa INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Malvan (Lat: 16.08) (Long: 73.05) INDIA (Record: 1981)

Literature Source(s)
  • Manakadan, R and Pittie, A (2002) Standardized english and scientific names of the Indian subcontinent-2002 Newsletter for Birdwatchers S. Sridhar 42 p 35
  • Mohammad, MBM (1981) Malformations in some polychaete annelids from Kuwait, Arabian Gulf Hydrobiologia 78(2) 129-131 Available at - Zoological records
  • 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Parulekar, AH (1971) Polychaetes from Maharashtra and Goa Journal of Bombay Natural History Society Bombay Natural History Society 68(3) 726-749 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Parulekar, AH (1981) Marine fauna of Malvan, central west coast of India Mahasagar - Bulletin of National Institute of Oceanography NIO 14(1) 33-44 Available at - NIO, Goa

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