Spirinia parasitifera   (Bastian,  1865) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Adenophorea

A-Male head; B-Male tail; C-Spicules and gubernaculum

Size: Body length 2.3-2.9 mm. Maximum diameter 61-68┬Ám.

6 anterior cephalic sensilla papilliform. four cephalic setae. Short scattered somatic setae. Amphids a single loop. Buccal cavity narrow, with a small dorsal tooth and slightly posteriorly two minute subventral teeth. Oesophagus short, with a well developed round posterior bulb with plasmatic interruptions in the middle. Tail conical with an unstriated tip. Spicules conspicuously roundly cephalate proximally with a terminal internal cuticularised knob.

Synonym (s)
Spiliphera oxycephala Butschli, 1874

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Pichavaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnington Bay INDIA
• 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rao, GC (1989) On some free living marine nematodes of the Bay Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 5(1) 1-22 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
  • 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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