Sphaerosyllis bengalensis   Rao and Ganapati  (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 1.0 – 1.2 mm and width 0.08 mm.

Minute worms with 13-15 setigerous segments, with body tapering towards both the extremities. Prostomium with a pair of brown eyes, 2 conical palps fused dorsally by a papillated skin, 3 tentacles and a pair of tentacular cirri. Dorsal cirri absent on second pair of parapodia. Parapodia with 1 simple and 5 compound setae. Pygidium with 2 club-shaped anal cirri. Proboscis with conical tooth. Males smaller than females.

Embryos develop attached to genital segments until juveniles are released. Eggs are borne in eighth to tenth setigerous segments.

Synonym (s)
Sphaerosyllis bengalensis Rao and Ganapati, 1966

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal


• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 23/01/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 6/3/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, East Bay INDIA (Record: 20/03/1990)
• 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

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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