Allmaniella ptycholepis   (Grube)  (Marine Worm)
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Class: Polychaeta

Color: Back striped brown and white, head brown.

Head broader than long, divided into two rounded lobes with 4 large black eyes. Median tentacle long and slender, inserted on a ceratophore between the two lobes. Lateral tentacles filiform, shorter than the median and inserted on the frontal border. Palps twice as long as the lateral tentacles. Elytra 15-17 pairs, large, soft, translucent, smooth and without fringe. Parapodia with a long pointed ventral lobe. Dorsal lobe with a few setae, stout, curved, blunt, smooth or very finely serrated. Upper ventral setae slender, nearly smooth, unidentate; median and lower setae enlarged, bidentate, nearly smooth or very finely serrated. Dorsal cirri long and slightly enlarged under the tip. Dorsal tubercles present. The shape of the head is very characteristic.

Synonym (s)
Almaniella ptycholepis Horst 1917
Polynoe ptycholepis Grube 1878

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nancowry Harbour INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Bay of Bengal (Record: 1953)

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 -

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