Pherusa bengalensis   (Fauvel,  1932) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Surface with globular papillae. Cephalic hood horseshoe-shaped with numerous slender, filiform branchial filaments. Notosetae all capillaries, very long and stout, beautifully iridescent on third setiger. Neurosetae capillaries on anterior 6-8 setigers, neuropodial hooks starting further back on setiger 7-9. Hooks with slightly curved, pointed tips, at first small and 1-2, later enlarged and about 4-5 per setiger.

Synonym (s)
Stylarioides bengalensis Fauvel, 1932
(Objective synonym)
Pherusa bengalensis Hartman, 1959
Pherusa bengalensis Hartman, 1974 a

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• West Bengal, Hugli River INDIA
• Arabian Sea
• West Bengal, Sandheads INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Misra, A (1995) Polychaetes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 93-155 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 -
  • Mitra, S; Misra, A (2010) Polychaetes of the Wetlands of West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 7(2) 141-146 Available at - NIO,Goa

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