Nereis chingrighattensis   Fauvel  1932 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 50 mm by 2-3 mm.

Color: Paragnaths yellow or nearly colorless.

Body cylindrical, tapering posteriorly, 80-100 segments. Prostomium not notched. 2 pairs of black eyes disposed in a rectangle or a wide opened trapezium. Tentacles subulate, shorter than the large, conical, diverging palps. Peristomium somewhat longer than the succeeding segment. Tentacular cirri short, the posterior ones reaching backwards to the 4-5th setiger. Jaws pale, curved, with 6-8 teeth. Feet short, both rami subequal. Dorsal cirri subulate, shorter than the dorsal ligule. Dorsal ramus with 3 ligules, 2 subequal, triangular and a shorter conical one. Ventral ramus same length as the dorsal with two fillets, the posterior one conical, one divided into two unequal lobes. Inferior ligule blunt. Ventral cirrus short subulate. In the posterior feet the median ligule of the dorsal ramus decreases in size and the ventral fillets are nearly similar, the anterior being entire or faintly bilobed. Setae numerous, slender, transparent, all of them spinigerous. Dorsal setae homogomph; the ventral setae homogomph , with long terminal piece and shorter hemigomph. Lower ventral setae long hemigomph and short heterogomph. Falcigerous setae absent in both rami. Two long anal cirri.

Synonym (s)
Nereis chingrighattensis Fauvel 1932

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• West Bengal, Digha Coast (Lat: 21.61) (Long: 87.53) INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA (Record: 1985)

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Sanctuary Asia natural history species: Species checklist: Reptiles Sanctuary Asia Sanctuary Magazine Available at -
  • 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 -
  • Goswami, BCB (1992) Marine fauna of Digha coast of West Bengal, India Journal of Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 34 115-137 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Kumar, RS (2001) Biodiversity and affinity of polychaetous annelids within the mangrove ecosystem of Indo-Pacific region Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 43(1&2) 206-213 Available at - NIO, Goa

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