Dorylaimopsis punctata   Ditlevsen,  1918 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Adenophorea

A-Male head; B-Male tail; C-Lateral cuticle in mid-body

Size: Length 2.2-2.6 mm; maximum diameter 45-52 µm.

Cuticle punctate with lateral differentiation beginning just posterior to amphids, extending halfway down tail length and consists of two files of dots. Six short and four longer (5 µm) cephalic setae. Amphids spiral, of 3 turns, 6-8 µm wide. Buccal cavity cylindrical with three conspicuous pointed teeth at the anterior end. Oesophagus widens posteriorly, but without a bulb. Tail conico-cylindrical with three terminal setae, 5.0-5.4 a.b.d. Spicules measured as curve, often appearing to be double-jointed with small ventral apophysis about one third from the distal end. Gubernaculum with long caudally directed apophyses. Ovaries paired.

Synonym (s)
Dorylaimopsis punctatus (Ditlevsen, 1918)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA (Record: 30/01/2002)

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 -
  • Chinnadurai, G and Fernando, OJ (2006) New records of five free-living marine nematodes from an artificial mangrove of India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 48(1) 105-107 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Platt, HM and Warwick, RM (1988) Free living marine nematodes part II British chromadorids Linnean society of London and the estuarine and brackish-water sciences association 38 502 pp Available at - NIO, Goa

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