Tomopteris (Johnstonella) helgolandica   (Greeff,  1879) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: Length 12-17 mm

Prostomium oval, with short tentacles. First pair of cirri often wanting in aged specimens. Second pair with bristles about as long as 2/3rd of the body. Parapodial lobes conical, with round or oval pinnules, lanceolate on the tail. A yellow rosette on the ventral ramus of the first two feet. Chromophile glands very small, at the inferior part of the ventral pinnule. Sting absent.

Synonym (s)
Tomopteris helgolandica Greeff, 1879
Tomopteris pagenstecheri Quatrefages, 1866
Tomopteris quadricornis Leuckart & Pagenstecher in Quatrefages, 1866
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats




Literature Source(s)
  • Khan, AS and Murugesan, P (2005) Polychaete diversity in Indian estuaries Indian Journal of Marine Sciences National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resources, CSIR, New Delhi, India, in association with Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, INDIA 34(1) 114-119 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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