Aphrodita aculeata   Linnaeus,  1758 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: Length 100-200mm

Color: Blackish

Dorsal setae short, erect, protruding very little over the dorsal felt. Slender lateral setae beautifully iridescent. Ventral setae smooth, without lateral hook.

Synonym (s)
Aphrodita borealis Johnston, 1840
(Heterotypic synonym)
Aphrodita elliptica versicolor Hill in McIntosh, 1900
Aphrodita nitens Linnaeus, 1746 in Johnston, 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Aphrodita subrotunda Hill, 1752
(Heterotypic synonym)
Aphrodite aculeata (Linnaeus, 1761)
(Lapsus calami)
Aphroditella pallida Roule, 1898
(Heterotypic synonym)
Eruca echinata Barrelier in Claparede, 1868
(Heterotypic synonym)
Halithea aurata Risso, 1826
(Heterotypic synonym)
Halithea sericea Savigny in Lamarck, 1818
(Heterotypic synonym)
Hystrix marina Redi in Claparede, 1868
(Heterotypic synonym)
Milnesia nuda Quatrefages, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Mus marinus Linnaeus in McIntosh, 1900
(Heterotypic synonym)
Vermis aureus Jacobeus in Claparede, 1868
(Heterotypic synonym)
Aphrodita aculeata McIntosh, 1900
Aphrodita japonica Marenzeller, 1879

Common Name (s)
• Sea Mouse (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Coastal


• Madras Presidency INDIA
• Kerala, Kannur INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Calicut INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Kollam INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Ennore INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • 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

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