Nereis (Ceratonereis) mirabilis   Kinberg  (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 30-40 x 2 mm.

Color: Semi transparent in life; white with rounded black dots.

Prostomium deeply cleft between the tentacles. Palps elongated. Tentacular cirri and dorsal cirri very long. Paragnaths missing on the oral ring. Dorsal ramus with two long, slender, sub-equal ligules. Posterior feet little modified. Spinigerous setae homogomph and heterogomph. Falcigerous setae heterogomph, with long, straight, ciliated terminal piece, becoming shorter and more sickle-like in the posterior feet. Dorsal homogomph falcigerous bristles in the posterior feet.

Synonym (s)
Ceratonereis mirabilis Kinberg 1865
Ceratonereis tentaculata Kinberg, Augener 1913

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA (Record: 1953, 1971)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA (Record: 1953, 1971)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA (Record: 1953, 1971)
• Tamil Nadu, Kilakarai INDIA (Record: 1953, 1971)
• Red Sea (Record: 1953, 1971)
• Persian Gulf (Record: 1953, 1971)
• Maharashtra, Gholvad INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Arnala INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Ratnagiri INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Malvan INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Goa, Miramar INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Goa, Marmagao INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Goa INDIA (Record: 1971)
• Maharashtra, Malvan (Lat: 16.08) (Long: 73.05) INDIA (Record: 1981)

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 -
  • 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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