Polyophthalmus pictus   (Dujardin,  1839) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 10-25 mm. by 1-2 mm.

Color: Extremely variable, brown spots or streaks, more or less conspicuous and arranged in several different dorsal patterns; this has caused it to be described under many names which are really synonymous.

27-28 setigerous segments. There are no prominent setigerous lobes. Only a single bundle of capillary setae in each foot, except in the last ones. Nephridial pores on segments 8-11.

Synonym (s)
Nais picta Dujardin, 1839
Polyophthalmus pictus Gravier, 1905
Polyophthalmus pictus Gravier, 1906 d
Polyophthalmus pictus Potts, 1928
Polyophthalmus pictus Fauvel, 1933 a
Polyophthalmus pictus Fauvel, 1933 b
Polyophthalmus pictus Fauvel, 1951 d
Polyophthalmus pictus Hartman, 1959
Polyophthalmus pictus Hartman, 1960
Polyophthalmus pictus Mohammad, 1971
Polyophthalmus pictus Mohammad, 1976
Polyophthalmus pictus Amoureux et al., 1978
Polyophthalmus pictus Amoureux et al., 1980
Polyophthalmus pictus Amoureux et al., 1983 c

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Tamil Nadu, Thondi INDIA (Record: 06/2005-05/2006)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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
  • Serebiah, JS; Stella, C and Kadhar, AA (2008) Assessment of benthos in the subtidal area of Thondi (Palk Bay), southeast Tamilnadu- GIS based explication Proceedings of the national symposium on marine and coastal ecosystems 27-29, August 2007 Seaweed Research and Utilisation Seaweed Research and Utilisation Association, Marine Fisheries- 623 520, Tamilnadu, India 30 279-296 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

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