Bhawania cryptocephala   Gravier,  1901 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 70-100 mm by 3-5 mm

Color: Yellow

Body twisted, very brittle, entirely covered by the paleae. Head very small, hidden by the protruding anterior feet and the paleae, which are imbricated, arranged in dense transverse rows; they are yellow or brown, oval elongate, striated transversely and longitudinally, serrated on one side and show prominent ridges with a beaded edge. Dorsal cirri digitiform partly retractile. Ventral ramus bearings:
1) upper setae with long spinigerous terminal piece,
2) heterogomph falcigerous and
3) slender setae with an elongated smooth filiform apppendix.
Ventral cirrus short. The general appearance is like that of a Sigalionid.

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Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nancowry Harbour INDIA
• Red Sea
• Maharashtra, Malvan INDIA (Record: 04/1967)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Camorta Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Maharashtra, Malvan (Lat: 16.08) (Long: 73.05) INDIA

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 -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Parulekar, AH (1971) Polychaetes from Maharashtra and Goa Journal of Bombay Natural History Society Bombay Natural History Society 68(3) 726-749 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Parulekar, AH (1981) Marine fauna of Malvan, central west coast of India Mahasagar - Bulletin of National Institute of Oceanography NIO 14(1) 33-44 Available at - NIO, Goa

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