Ficopomatus macrodon   Southern,  1921 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta


Size: 8-10 mm. by 0.5-0.75 mm.

Color: Traces of blue pigment bands on the gills and thorax.

Operculum soft, vesicular, fig shaped, flat or convex at the tip, without any outgrowths, stem rather flattened. Branchial filaments 13-17 in number, bearing 18-20 pairs of barbules. 7 thoracic setigerous segments. Collar high. Free margin of the thoracic membrane entire. Collar setae of two kinds: (1) stout setae with a series of very coarse teeth diminishing in size towards the smooth tip, beneath these teeth for some distance the shaft is smooth and this is followed by a transverse row of teeth, and (2) slender setae with finely tapering tips and minuteli hispid edges. Thoracic setae capillary, flattened. Abdomainal setae geniculate. Tube free or erect, circular in section, with a single dorsal ridge, or squarish with three dorsal ridges.

Synonym (s)
Tricopomatus macrodon Southern, 1921

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai (Lat: 13.09) (Long: 80.29) INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi Backwaters (Lat: 9.97) (Long: 76.22) INDIA
• West Bengal, Namkhana INDIA (Record: 06/10/1982)
• West Bengal, Jhingakhali INDIA (Record: 14/09/1983)
• West Bengal, Canning INDIA (Record: 18/11/1982)
• Kerala, Kochi, Willingdon Island INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Sanctuary Asia natural history species: Species checklist: Reptiles Sanctuary Asia Sanctuary Magazine Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Misra, A (1995) Polychaetes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 93-155 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Balaji, M; Rao, MV and Rao, KS (1999) Natural resistance of ten species of catamaran grade timber to marine wood borer attack at Visakhapatnam and Kochi harbours Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 41(1&2) 96-102 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • Mitra, S; Misra, A (2010) Polychaetes of the Wetlands of West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 7(2) 141-146 Available at - NIO,Goa

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