Branchiomma nigromaculata   (Baird,  1865) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 60-65 mm.

Irregularly spotted with dark pigments. Branchial lobe semi-circular, radioles arranged in a single whorl. A row of long stylodes at the base of the radioles. Thoracic uncini avicular, with two arcs of teeth above the main fang, first with 4-5 and second with 6-7 minute teeth.

Synonym (s)
Branchiomma nigromaculata Hartman, 1959
Dasychone conspersa Gravier, 1908
Dasychone conspersa Gravier, 1906
Dasychone conspersa Hartman, 1959
Sabella nigro-maculata Baird, 1865
Sabelle nigromaculata Baird, 1865
Dasychone argus chefinae McIntosh, 1925
(Subjective synonym)
Dasychone conspersa Ehlers, 1887
(Subjective synonym)
Dasychone corollifera Ehlers, 1913
(Subjective synonym)
Dasychone loandensis Treadwell, 1943
(Subjective synonym)
Dasychone ponce Treadwell, 1901
(Subjective synonym)
Sabella lynceus Kroyer, 1856
(Subjective synonym)
Sabella nigromaculata Baird, 1865
(Objective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 27/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Red Sea

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 -
  • Misra, A and Chakraborty, RK (1991) Annelida: Polychaeta State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 137-165 Available at - NIO, Goa

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