Platycoma africanum   Garlach  (Marine Worm)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Nematoda
Class: Adenophorea
Order:Enoplida
Family:Leptosomatidae

Description
Size: Length 10.0 – 12.0 mm. Tail 2.8 anal diameters long.

Body very long and cylindrical. Cuticle smooth and transparent. Labial papillae indistinct, cephalic setae 1.0 head diameter long. Amphid prominent, cup-shaped and 0.3 head diameter width in female. Amphid triangular and 0.5 head diameter wide in male. Spicule in male is bent and 1.2 anal diameters long. Tail short and ends in an acute tip. Numerous cervical setae occur 3 head diameters from anterior end. Excretory pore located about 4.0 head diameters from anterior end. Nerve ring 48%.


Synonym (s)
Platycomopsis africanus Gerlach, 1959

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 7/2/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• INDIA
• Red Sea
• MALDIVES

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa

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