Anaitides madeirensis [Status Unaccepted]   (Langerhans,  1880) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 95-100 mm

Color: Body brilliantly irridescent, greenish brown in life.

Proboscis covered with numerous small papillae in rows at the base. Prostomium heart-shaped with a deep posterior notch sheltering an occipital papillae. Tentacles and tentacular cirri subulate. Tentacular cirri 4 pairs. Pharynx with 6 lumpy ridges on distal part and 6 lateral rows of papillae on basal part. Dorsal cirri variable in shape, usually lanceolate, ventral cirri oval, short and bluntly pointed.

Synonym (s)
Phyllodoce (Anaitides) madeirensis Langerhans, 1880
Phyllodoce madeirensis Langerhans, 1880
Anaitides minuta Treadwell, 1937
(Subjective synonym)
Mystides gracilis Treadwell, 1941
(Subjective synonym)
Phyllodoce (Anaitides) africana Augener, 1918
(Subjective synonym)
Phyllodoce (Anaitis) madeirensis Langerhans, 1880
(Objective synonym)
Phyllodoce sanctae-vincentis McIntosh, 1885
(Subjective synonym)
Phyllodoce varia Treadwell, 1928
(Subjective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy


• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 26/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Red Sea
• Persian Gulf
• West Bengal, Canning INDIA (Record: 17/11/1982)
• West Bengal, Sunderbans INDIA (Record: 12/09/1983, 09/11/1988)
• West Bengal, Kakdwip INDIA (Record: 10/03/1985)
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • A guide to Singapore Polychaetes 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
  • Misra, A (1995) Polychaetes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 93-155 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Mitra, S; Misra, A (2010) Polychaetes of the Wetlands of West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 7(2) 141-146 Available at - NIO,Goa

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