Hydroides heterocerus   (Grube,  1868) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: About 40 mm. by 4 mm.

Color: Body dull yellowish; gills dark crimson at the base, light yellow distally.

Radii of the operculum with a terminal knob. Seven spines in the central crown, bent at the tip and with lateral hooks, the seventh is much larger, bent, alpenstock shaped and destitute of lateral processes. Tubes thick, flattened on side of attachment, often coiled, marked by faint longitudinal lines, aperture circular.

Synonym (s)
Eupomatus uncinatus Hartman, 1974
Hydroides heterocera Vine & Bailey-Brock, 1984
Hydroides heteroceros Fauvel, 1932
Hydroides heteroceros Fauvel, 1933
Hydroides heteroceros Fauvel, 1951
Hydroides heteroceros Fauvel, 1911
Hydroides heteroceros Fishelson, 1971
Hydroides heteroceros Hartman, 1974
Hydroides heteroceros Mohammad, 1971
Hydroides heteroceros Pixell, 1913
Hydroides heteroceros Potts, 1928
Hydroides heteroceros Wesenberg-Lund, 1949
Hydroides heterocerus [Sci] Fishelson & Rullier, 1969
Hydroides heterocerus [Sci] Hartman, 1959
Hydroides heterocerus [Sci] Hartman, 1974
Serpula (Eupomatus) heterocerus Grube, 1868
Serpula (Hydroides) uncinata Gravier, 1906
Serpula (Hydroides) uncinata Gravier, 1908
Serpula uncinata Gravier, 1906
Eupomatus heteroceros Grube, 1868
(Objective synonym)
Hydroides heterocercus (Grube, 1868)
Hydroides heteroceros (Grube, 1868)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Arabian Sea
• Gulf of Aden
• Red Sea
• Arabian Gulf

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 - http://www.senckenberg.de/files/content/forschung/abteilung/aquazool/mev2/wehe_&_fiege.pdf
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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

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