Viscosia viscosa   (Bastian,1865) De Man,  1890 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Adenophorea

A-Male tail; B-Male head, C-Female tail

Size: Body length 1.7-2.0 mm; Max diameter 30-36 ┬Ám.

Cuticle smooth. Six rounded lips with six small rounded labial papillae. Head constricted just posterior to cephalic to setae. Buccal cavity with large right subventral tooth, left subventral tooth double tipped, dorsal tooth small, single tipped. Oesophagus more or less cylindrical. Body setae short and sparsely scattered. Tail proximal two-thirds conical, distal third cylindrical. Spicules equal, curved, distal half slightly swollen, proximal tip cephalate. No gubernaculum. Five to seven pairs of circumcloacal seate. Ovaries paired, equal, opposed, reflexed.

Synonym (s)
Oncholaimus viscosus Bastian, 1865
Viscosia viscosia Bastian, 1895

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Thondi INDIA (Record: 06/2005-05/2006)
• West Coast INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Chinnadurai, G and Fernando, OJ (2007) Meiofauna of mangroves of the southeast coast of India with special reference to the free-living marine nematode assemblage Estuarine Coastal and Shelf Science 72 329-336
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Serebiah, JS; Stella, C and Kadhar, AA (2008) Assessment of benthos in the subtidal area of Thondi (Palk Bay), southeast Tamilnadu- GIS based explication Proceedings of the national symposium on marine and coastal ecosystems 27-29, August 2007 Seaweed Research and Utilisation Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association, Marine Fisheries- 623 520, Tamilnadu, India 30 279-296 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Platt, HM and Warwick, RM (1983) Free living marine nematodes part I British enoplids Linnean society of London and the estuarine and brackish-water sciences association 28 307pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sajan, S and Damodaran, R (2007) Faunal composition of meiobenthos from the shelf regions off the west coast of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 49(1) 19-26 Available at - NIO, Goa

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