Eunice aphroditois   (Pallas,  1788) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: up to 1 meter, and more, by 20-25 mm.

Color: In preserved specimen, a brown chequered pattern, often with a white collar on third and fourth setigerous segments. The color fades in alcohol. Dark blue in life, patapodial lobes tipped with white, yellowish brown spots (when young).

Prostomium bilobed, formed by partial fusion of palps; antennae smooth, longer than prostomium. Branchiae commencing from setiger 10 as simple filaments, with a maximum of 15-16 filaments in anterior and middle setigers. Setae include limbate capillaries and pectinate setae superiorly, composite falcigers and subacicular hooks inferiorly.

Synonym (s)
Nereis aphroditois Pallas, 1788
Eunice aphroditois Fauvel, 1933 a
Eunice aphroditois Fauvel, 1933 b
Eunice aphroditois Kiseleva, 1971
Eunice aphroditois Fauchald, 1992 a
Eriphyle capensis Kinberg, 1865
(Subjective synonym)
Eunice flavopicta Izuka, 1912
(Subjective synonym)
Leodice gigantea Savigny in Lamarck, 1818
(Objective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Muddy, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • A guide to Singapore Polychaetes Available at -
  • 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 (1995) Polychaetes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 93-155 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Toonen, R (1998) Part 11: Potentially dangerous errant polychaetes Reefkeeper's Guide to Invertebrate Zoology 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
  • Das, AK and Roy, MKD (1989) A general account of the mangrove fauna of Andaman and Nicobar islands Fauna of conservation areas Zoological survey of India 1-152 Available at - NIO, Goa

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