Polydora ciliata   (Johnston,  1838) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: Length: 3 cm;Width: 0.7-1 cm

Color: Yellowish-brown

A sedentary, burrowing polychaete body has up to 180 segments but is not divided into distinct regions. Polydora ciliata has two very long, slender ciliated palps which protrude, waving vigorously and usually roll up spirally when the animal is disturbed. The tip of the posterior region is saucer shaped.

Synonym (s)
Diplotis hyalina Montagu, 1815
(subjective synonym)
Leucodore audax Quatrefages, 1866
(subjective synonym)
Leucodore ciliatus Johnston, 1838
(objective synonym)
Leucodore ciliatus minuta Grube, 1855
(subjective synonym)
Leucodore dubius Quatrefages, 1866
(subjective synonym)
Leucodore fabricii Quatrefages, 1866
(subjective synonym)
Leucodore nasutus Quatrefages, 1866
(subjective synonym)
Polydora agassizii Clapar├Ęde, 1869
(subjective synonym)
Polydora audax Quatrefages, 1866
(subjective synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Bristleworm (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• Red Sea
• West Bengal, Medinipur, Sankarpur INDIA (Record: 07/2000-06/2002)
• Maharashtra, Mahim Creek (Lat: 19.03) (Long: 72.82) INDIA (Record: 11/1979-12/1980)
• Kerala, Kadinamkulam Backwater (Lat: 8.58) (Long: 76.73) INDIA (Record: 02/1980-01/1981) (Depth: 2.11 mts)
• Kerala, Kadinamkulam Backwater (Lat: 8.66) (Long: 76.85) INDIA (Record: 02/1980-01/1981) (Depth: 2.11 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Southwest Coast INDIA
• Kerala, Ashtamudi Estuary INDIA (Record: 02/1974-01/1975) (Depth: 2.44 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Arukkattuthurai (Lat: 10.39) (Long: 79.86) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Kodikkarai (Lat: 10.3) (Long: 79.85) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• 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)
• Tamil Nadu, Adirampattinam (Lat: 9.95) (Long: 79.18) INDIA (Record: 09/2007-08/2008)
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Visakhapatnam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Porto Novo INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Adyar Backwaters INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Cooum Estuary (Lat: 13.16) (Long: 80.26) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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