Polycirrus coccineus   (Grube,  1870) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 60-80 mm.

Color: Tentacular cirri yellow.

Tentacular cirri very numerous, entangled, more or less enlarged at the tip into a tongue shaped process. 16- 20 thoracic setigerous segments bearing boldly serrated bristles. Thoracic uncini on the last thoracic segments, avicular with a broad short base. Abdominal uncini with a narrow elongated base.

Synonym (s)
Polycirrus(Leucariste) coccineus Ehrenberg & Grube, 1869
Polycirrus coccineus Amoureux, 1983
Polycirrus coccineus Amoureux et al., 1978
Polycirrus coccineus Amoureux et al., 1980
Polycirrus coccineus Fauvel, 1918
Polycirrus coccineus Fauvel, 1919
Polycirrus coccineus Fauvel, 1933
Polycirrus coccineus Fauvel, 1933
Polycirrus coccineus Fauvel, 1951
Polycirrus coccineus Fauvel, 1957
Polycirrus coccineus Fishelson, 1971
Polycirrus coccineus Fishelson & Rullier, 1969
Polycirrus coccineus Hartman, 1974
Polycirrus coccineus Holthe, 1986
Polycirrus coccineus Mohammad, 1972
Polycirrus coccineus Mohammad, 1980

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



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Sanctuary Asia natural history species: Species checklist: Reptiles Sanctuary Asia Sanctuary Magazine Available at - http://www.sanctuaryasia.com/resources/speciechklist/reptile.php
  • 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
  • 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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