Polygordius uroviridis   Aiyar & Alikunhi,  1944 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta
Order:Polychaeta incertae sedis

Size: Length 4.0 mm and diameter 0.14 mm. Tentacles 0.14 mm long. Anal bulb 0.12 mm wide.

Color: Pale white, light green near the pygidium

Body is with 25-35 segments. Hypodermal glands present. Body ciliation absent. Head distinct with 2 short cephalic tentacles and 2 dark irregular eyes. Pygidium swollen, without anal lobes or cirri, but with a dark band of adhesive glands all around. Hypodermal glands best developed on pygidium. Sexes separate. Gonads develop from tenth segment onwards. Minute palpocils in groups of 3-5 project from sides of body and are well developed on posterior margin of pygidium. A conspicuous broad band of dark pigment on the pygidium. Highly thigmotactic.

Synonym (s)
Polygordius uroviridis Aiyar and Alikunhi, 1944

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 22/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai beach INDIA (Record: 1944)
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake 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
  • Aiyar, RG and Alikunhi, KH (1944) On some archiannelids of the Madras coast Proceedings of the National Institute of Sciences of India 10(1) Available at - http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/rawdataupload/upload/insa/INSA_1/20005b8d_113.pdf
  • Raj, PJS (2006) Macro fauna of Pulicat lake NBA bulletin No.6 NBA Available at - http://www.nbaindia.org/docs/bulletin6-pulicatlake.pdf

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