Sphaerosyllis minima   Hartmann-Schroder,  1960 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 0.8 mm and width 0.1 mm.

Minute worms with 10 setigerous segments. Prostomium with 2 pairs of eyes, 2 conical palps, 3 tentacles and a pair of tentacular cirri. Tentacles and cirri are club-shaped. Parapodia with 1 simple and 4 compound setae. Dorsal cirri long and club-shaped. Ventral cirri finger-like and longer than parapodia. Pygidium without parapodia, but with 2 club-shaped anal cirri. Pharynx with an anterior conical tooth. Gizzard with 10-12 transverse rings extending between fourth and fifth setigerous segments. Body opaque and dark grey in color.

Synonym (s)
Sphaerosyllis minima Hartmann-Schroder 1960

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 3/3/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Bay of Bengal
• Red Sea
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair 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

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