Desmoscolex falcatus   Lorenzen,  1972 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Adenophorea

A-Entire male; B-Male head; C-Entire female

Body 17 symmetrical oval desmen separated by wide clear striated zone of cuticle, 0.3 µm in length. Amphids circular, 3-4 µm in length. The subventral setae on desmen 10 and 12 in the female are longer than others and are used to clasp a string(capsule) of one to four eggs. the subdorsal setae on desmen 13 and 17 in both sexes are displaced laterally and are longer than the others. Spicules slightly curved.

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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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