Pectinaria antipoda   Schmarda,  1861 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 55mm long and 12mm broad at the cephalic and 4mm at the caudal ends.

Colour: Cephalic spines coppery red.

Body short, plump and divided into two regions. 17 setigerous segments, of which 13 are uncinigerous, three thoracic ones without uncini, 14 abdominal segments, last abdominal segment without uncini. 14 paleae on each side. Cephalic veil with wavy rim. Uncini with 6-7 large teeth in two rows and more small ones beneath. Scaphe flat, leaf-like, with wavy edges, ten dark spines at base and papillae along the edge. The last setigerous segment carries only capillary setae. Dorsal rim of cephalic plate smooth. Antennal veil with 28 fringes. Dorsal setae narrow, winged with a long fine straight or curved tip uncini with two rows of teeth and in each row nine large teeth and four or five very small ones above the gouge-like process at the base cephalic spines 9-12 pairs, long and blunt; tube mainly composed of small gastropod and bivalve shells mixed with sand grains.

Synonym (s)
Pectinaria (Pectinaria) antipoda Fauvel, 1953
Pectinaria (Pectinaria) antipoda Holthe, 1986
Pectinaria (Pectinaria) antipoda Misra & Chakraborty, 1983
Pectinaria antipoda Amoureux, 1983
Pectinaria antipoda Fauvel, 1932
Pectinaria antipoda Wesenberg-Lund, 1949

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Goa, Terekhol Estuary (Lat: 15.72) (Long: 73.7) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Andaman, Aberdeen Bay INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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