Tetranchyroderma indica   Rao and Ganapati,  1968 (Gastrotrich)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Gastrotricha
Class:
Order:Macrodasyida
Family:Thaumastodermatidae

Description
Size: Length 0.3 mm and width 0.06 mm.

Body elongated and dorsoventrally flattened, with both the ends rounded. Cuticular armament of tetrancres in 10–12 longitudinal rows. A pair of cephalic tentacles and 4 pairs of dorsolateral cirri present. Five pairs of anterior, 20–30 pairs of lateral and 16–20 posterior adhesive tubes present. Posterior pedicles absent. Five to 7 pairs of dorsolateral epidermal glands present. Ventral ciliation uniform and complete. Pharynx is 110 µm long and occupies about 1/3 of the total gut length. A single tubular testis present on the right side.


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 18/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 24/02/1983)
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, East Bay INDIA (Record: 26/03/1990)
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Little Andaman INDIA

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
  • Rao, GC (1993) Littoral meiofauna of Little Andaman Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 155 ZSI, Calcutta 120 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Priyalakshmi, G and Menon, NR (2008) Indian marine Gastrotricha Available at - http://www.gastrotricha.unimore.it/Indian-marine.pdf

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