Nereis kauderni   Fauvel  1921 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 15-30 mm.

Color: A pattern of elongated transverse pigment spots on the anterior segments.

Body small, cylindrical, and slender. Prostomium notched between the tentacles. Tentacular cirri short. Dorsal cirri longer than the foot. Dorsal ramus with tow conical sub-equal ligules. Ventral setigerous lobe blunt. In the posterior feet, the dorsal ligule is much reduced. Ventral heterogomph falcigerous bristles with sickle-shaped ciliate terminal piece. In the middle and posterior feet, 1-2 large homogomph falcigerous bristles with prominent bi or tridentate terminal piece.

Synonym (s)
Nereis kauderni Fauvel 1921
Nereis falcaria Gravely 1927
Nereis mortenseni Augener 1923b

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Kerala, Kochi Backwaters INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA (Record: 1953)
• INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 1994, 1995)

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 -
  • Kumar, RS (1995) Macrobenthos in the mangrove ecosystem of Cochin backwaters, Kerala (southwest coast of India) Indian Journal of Marine Sciences CSIR, New Delhi 24 56-61 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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