Pisione gopalai   (Alikunhi,  1941) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 5.0 - 8.0 mm and width 0.18 mm.

Minute slender worms. Body vermiform with 25-40 setigerous segments. Prostomium with 2 dark eyes. Two pairs of cephalic and 2 anal cirri present. A pair of well developed pear-shaped adhesive pads occurs on pygidium. The species is highly thigmotactic and firmly sticks to sand grains during commotion in the habitat. Ventral cirrus of buccal parapodium globular and that of first setigerous segment elongated. Parapodia carrying receptacular seminis are completely atrophied and carry only 2 acicular setae. A pair of denticulate jaws occurs in the buccal region.

Synonym (s)
Praegeria gopalai Alikunhi, 1941
(Objective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Sandy, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 25/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair Coast INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Kerala, Paravur Backwaters INDIA (Record: 02/1974-01/1975)
• Kerala, Edava Nadayara Backwaters INDIA (Record: 02/1974-01/1975)
• East Coast 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 and Ganapati, PN (1966) The interstitial fauna inhabiting the beach sands of Waltair coast Proceedings of the National Institute of Sciences of India 34(2) Available at - http://www.new.dli.ernet.in/rawdataupload/upload/insa/INSA_1/20005b75_82.pdf
  • Azis, PKA and Nair, NB (1983) Meiofauna of the Edava-Nadayara Paravur backwater system south west coast of India Mahasagar-Bulletin of the National Institute of Oceanography National Institute of Oceanography 16(1) 55-65 Available at - http://ijs.nio.org/index.php/msagar/article/view/2266/2242

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