Protodrilus pierantonii   Aiyar & Alikunhi,  1944 (Marine Worm)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order:
Family:Protodrilidae

Description
Size: Length 3-4 mm and width 0.07 mm. Tentacles 0.18 mm long.

Color: Pale white

Body is with 30-40 segments. Cuticle sculptured. Hypodermal glands well developed all around the body. Head not swollen, indistinct, with 2 long cephalic tentacles, 2 statocysts and 4 incomplete ciliary bands. Eyes absent. Three pygidian lobes present, the median one being rudimentary. Lateral lobes broad, adhesive and fan-shaped. Nephridia are macrotype.

Sexes separate. Gonads develop from sixteenth segment onwards. Sperms are of 2 types, large and small, both being motile and whip-like. Salivary glands occur from second to sixteenth segments.


Synonym (s)
Protodrilus pierantonii Aiyar and Alikunhi, 1944

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Rocky, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 22/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 23/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 24/03/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 29/01/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 31/01/1987)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai INDIA (Record: 1944)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA (Record: 1944)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1944)
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 1944)
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Red Skin Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Red Skin Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hobday Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hobday Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Ranganatha Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Ranganatha Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnington Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnington Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Galathea Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Galathea Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Peemaiah Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Peemaiah Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) 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
  • Rao, GC (1987) Meiofauna of the Marine National Park, South Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 3(2) 88-97 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1988) Meiofauna of the intertidal sediments on Great Nicobar Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 4 (2) 89-100 Available at - NIO, Goa

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