Malacoceros indicus   (Fauvel,  1928) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order:Spionida
Family:Spionidae

Description
Size: Length 50-55 mm.

Prostomium with lateral peaks, tapering posteriorly. Branchiae cirriform, long, appearing on setiger 1 and continue up to posterior end. Dorsal lamellae lanceolate attached only at the base of branchiae, ventral lamellae rounded anteriorly and with a nipple-like projection posteriorly. Notosetae capillaries throughout the body, neurosetae capillaries in anterior setigers and hooded hooks in posterior ones.


Synonym (s)
Scolelepis indica Fauvel, 1928
Malacoceros indicus Day, 1967
Scolecolepis indica Fauvel, 1928
(Objective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Estuarine, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 28/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 07/03/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 16/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• MOZAMBIQUE
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• INDIA
• Southwest Coast INDIA
• Kerala, Kayamkulam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mallipattinam (Lat: 10.27) (Long: 79.32) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Manalmelkudi (Lat: 10.42) (Long: 79.31) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• North West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Porto Novo 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
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  • Srikrishnadhas, B; Murugesan, P and Khan, SA (1998) Polychaetes of Parangipettai coast Annamalai University, Parangipettai 110 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Jayaraj, KA; Sheeba, P; Jacob, J; Revichandran, C; Arun, PK; Praseeda, KS; Nisha, PA and Rasheed, KA (2007) Response of infaunal macrobenthos to the sediment granulometry in a tropical continental margin-southwest coast of India Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science Elsevier 77(4) 743-754 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecss.2007.11.016
  • Nandan, BS (2007) Faunal Biodiversity of selected Wetland Ecosystems of Kerala Kerala Environment Congress 2007 Centre for Environment and Development, Kerala, India 106-126pp Available at - NIO, Goa
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  • Jayaraj, KA; Josia, J and Kumar, PKD (2008) Infaunal Macrobenthic Community of Soft Bottom Sediment in a Tropical Shelf Journal of Coastal Research CERF 24(3) 708–718 Available at - http://nicmas.nio.org/eprints08/J_Coast_Res_24_708.pdf
  • Srikrishnadhas, B; Ramamoorthi, K and Balasubrahmanyan, K (1987) Polychaetes of Porto Novo waters Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The marine biological association of India 29(1&2) 134-139 Available at - NIO, Goa

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