Diurodrilus benazzii   Gerlach,  1952 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 0.28 – 0.29 mm and width 0.04 mm.

Minute worms with distinct head and trunk with 8 segments. Head oblong, with several sensory bristles on anterior and lateral margins. Eyes absent. Dorsolateral epidermal glands well developed and numerous. Short bristles occur on lateral margins of trunk. Pygidium deeply cleft posteriorly ending in two adhesive anal lobes. Buccal cavity deep and ciliated. Digestive tract undifferentiated. Anus subterminal. Gonads develop lateral to the gut from fifth trunk segment backwards. Negatively phototactic and highly thigmotactic.

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Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 17/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 12/3/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hut Bay INDIA (Record: 18/03/1990)
• 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

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
  • 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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