Cateria gerlachi   Higgins,  1968 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Kinorhyncha

Size: Length 0.42 mm and maximum diameter 0.06 mm. Mid-terminal spine 0.4 mm long.

Body long and cylindrical with 11 visible segments bearing long lateral spines from fifth segment backwards. Seven mid-dorsal spines are prominent on second, third, fourth, sixth, eighth, ninth and tenth segments. Mid-terminal spine equals to body length. Terminal zonite with 2 pairs of elongated lateral spines. Dorsal sensory organ absent between zonites 7 and 8. Body flexible and typically suited for life in medium and coarse sands. Cuticular ornamentation distinct. Two ventral grooves extend from second zonite to seventh and merge into one from eighth to tenth zonites.

Synonym (s)
Cateria gerlachi Higgins, 1968

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

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


• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 23/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 27/02/1983)
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep 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

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Invertebrate zoology collections Available at -
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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

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