Heteromastides bifidus   Augener,  1914 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order:
Family:Capitellidae

Description
Size: 10 mm. by 0.8 mm.: upwards of 70 segments.

Prostomium bluntly finger-shaped. Two lateral clusters of small eye-spots. Abdominal segments more or less moniliform. The 4-5 penultimate are provided with a small triangular process pointing backwards, the last carries, on each side, a small globular swelling. A broad, round, anal plate, slightly slanting, bearing two long finger shaped diverging cirri.


Synonym (s)
Heteromastides bifidus Hartman, 1959
Heteromastides bifidus Fishelson & Rullier, 1959

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Benthic, Estuarine, Coastal

Biogeography


• Kerala, Kochi Backwaters INDIA (Record: 1981)
• Kerala, Kayamkulam INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Kerala, Kasargod INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Kannur INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Calicut INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Kollam INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Vizhinjam INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Ennore INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Pondicherry, Karaikal INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai Port INDIA (Record: 11/1996-12/1996)

Literature Source(s)
  • Wehe, T and Fiege, D (2002) Annotated checklist of the polychaete species of the seas surrounding the Arabian Peninsula: Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Gulf Fauna of Arabia 19 7-238 Available at - http://www.senckenberg.de/files/content/forschung/abteilung/aquazool/mev2/wehe_&_fiege.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sarala Devi, K., Jayalakshmi, KV and Venugopal, P. (1991) Communities and coexistance of benthose in northern limb of Cochin backwaters Indian Journal of Marine Sciences 20 249-254 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Nandan, BS (2007) Faunal Biodiversity of selected Wetland Ecosystems of Kerala Kerala Environment Congress 2007 Centre for Environment and Development, Kerala, India 106-126pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fauvel, P (1953) The fauna of India including Pakistan, Ceylon, Burma and Malaya: Annelida, Polychaeta The Indian press ltd., Allahabad 507 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Devi, KS; Sheba, P; Balasubramanian, T; Venugopal, P and Sankaranarayanan, VN (1996) Benthic fauna of southwest and southeast coasts of India The Fourth Indian Fisheries Forum Proceedings, Kochi, Kerala Asian Fisheries Society, Indian Branch, Mangalore 9-12 Available at - http://drs.nio.org/drs/bitstream/2264/1839/2/Fourth_Indian_Fish_Forum_Proc_1999_9.pdf
  • Sukumaran, S and Devi, KS (2009) Polychaete diversity and its relevance in the rapid environmental assessment of Mumbai Port Current Science Current Science Association in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Sciences 97(10) 1439-1444 Available at - http://drs.nio.org/drs/bitstream/2264/3456/1/Curr_Sci_97_1439.pdf

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