Pomatoceros triqueter   (Linnaeus,  1758) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Length: 25 mm
Width: Calcareous tube 3.5 mm

Color: The coloration of the body is bright but variable, and the crown of tentacles (radioles) are banded with various colors.

It is white smooth and irregularly curved with a single, median ridge that ends in a projection over the anterior opening. The operculum bears a shallow, dish-shaped plug (ampulla) which is often conical distally, and may have projections on the crown.

Synonym (s)
Pomatoceros triqueter Fauvel, 1953
Conchoserpula triquetra (Linnaeus, 1758)
(Homotypic synonym)
Pomatoceros globiger Iroso, 1921
(Heterotypic synonym)
Pomatoceros tricuspis Philippi, 1844
(Heterotypic synonym)
Serpula berkeleii Johnston, 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Serpula porrecta Muller, 1776
(Heterotypic synonym)
Serpula triquetra Linnaeus, 1758
Serpula triquetroides Delle Chiaje, 1829
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermilia armata Fleming, 1825
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermilia conigera Quatrefages, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermilia dinema Morch, 1863
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermilia elongata Philippi, 1844
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermilia humilis Quatrefages, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermilia pennanti Quatrefages, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermilia socialis Quatrefages, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermilia tricuspis Quatrefages, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermilia trifida Quatrefages, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)

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

Habitat:  Open Sea


• Tamil Nadu (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Srikrishnadhas, B; Murugesan, P and Khan, SA (1998) Polychaetes of Parangipettai coast Annamalai University, Parangipettai 110 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • MarLIN: Marine life information network Biology and sensitivity key information sub-programme [on-line] Available at - http://www.marlin.ac.uk/

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