Pomatostegus stellatus   (Abildgaard,  1789) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 35-50 mm.

Operculum with several horny denticulated discs set one above the other, on a hollow pillar with 2-3 rows of spines at the top. Peduncle flat, with broad smooth wing. Collar developed. Abdominal setae sickle-shaped.

Synonym (s)
Terebella stellatus Abildgaard, 1789
Cymospira brachysoma (Schmarda, 1861)
(Subjective synonym)
Cymospira macrosoma (Schmarda, 1861)
(Subjective synonym)
Cymospira stellata (Abildgaard, 1789)
(Objective synonym)
Pomalostegus stellatus (Abildgaard, 1789)
Pomatostegus brachysoma Schmarda, 1861
(Subjective synonym)
Pomatostegus macrosoma Schmarda, 1861
(Subjective synonym)
Pomatostegus quadruplicatus Kroeyer in Morch, 1863
(Subjective synonym)
Pomatostegus stellatus fructicosa Morch, 1863
Pomatostegus stellatus pentapoma Morch, 1863
Pomatostegus stellatus tetrapoma Morch, 1863
Protis torquata Hoagland, 1919
(Subjective synonym)
Serpula (Cymospira) stellata (Abildgaard, 1789)
(Objective synonym)
Serpula stellata (Abildgaard, 1789)
Terebella stellata Abildgaard, 1789
(Objective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 17/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 27/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 29/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• West Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Long Island INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban, Gulf of Mannar 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
  • Misra, A and Chakraborty, RK (1991) Annelida: Polychaeta State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 137-165 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Deep sea images: Natural history image library Available at - http://www.deepseaimages.com/dsilibrary/index.php
  • Tampi, PRS and Rangarajan, K (1964) Some polychaetous Annelids from the Andaman waters Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 6(1) 98-123 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/1007/1/Article_10.pdf
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/567/1/Bulletin_7.pdf

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