Dodecaceria fistulicola   Ehlers,  1901 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 15-25 mm.

Color: Black colored, or very dark brown.

Body flattened posteriorly. Prostomium bluntly conical. Two stout grooved palps, 5 pairs of large gills and 2-3 other pairs, much more slender. Capillary setae. Large spoon-shaped hooks with a swelling at the back of the cavity which, seen in profile, looks like a blunt lateral tooth. Anterior and dorsal hooks more slender.

Synonym (s)
Dodecaceria joubini Gravier, 1906
Dodecaceria cf. fistulicola Ben-Eliahu, 1976
Dodecaceria fistulicola Amoureux et al., 1978
Dodecaceria fistulicola Ben-Eliahu & Safriel, 1982
Dodecaceria fistulicola Hartman, 1974
Dodecaceria fistulicola Knox, 1971
Dodecaceria fistulicola Ehlers, 1901

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Red Sea
• Palk Bay (Lat: 9.5) (Long: 79.25) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam, Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Sanctuary Asia natural history species: Species checklist: Reptiles Sanctuary Asia Sanctuary Magazine Available at -
  • 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 -
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 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
  • Sealifebase Available at -

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