Nereis cricognatha   Ehlers  1905 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 20-30 mm.

The proboscis carries numerous, horny paragnaths arranged in groups nearly fused together and forming a belt around the oral as well as the maxillary ring. Dorsal ramus with 2 subequal ligules. The posterior feet are not materially modified, the dorsal upper ligule being only larger than the lower, but not swollen or foliaceous; the dorsal filiform cirrus is inserted at the base. The ventral falcigerous terminal pieces are all long, knife-like, with a small curve hook at the tip; they are homogomph. There are no dorsal falcigerous bristles on the posterior feet.

Synonym (s)
Nereis cricognatha Ehlers 1904
Nereis arenaceodentata Moore, Benham 1916

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Record: 1953)
• West Bengal, Hugli River INDIA (Record: 1953)
• West Bengal, Kolkata INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1953)
• INDIA (Record: 1953)

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
  • 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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