Eunice siciliensis   (Grube,  1840) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 150-320 mm.

Color: Anterior part pink or brown; middle body slate-blue or dark green. In mature specimens, posterior part long, swollen, soft, with a brownish-red spot in the middle of the ventral part of each segment, as in the Palolo worm. In the short uncolored posterior part, preceding the pygidium, this brown spot fades gradually or disappears altogether in different specimens. The sexual region very likely breaks off when mature and is regenerated later, as is the case of the Palolo worm, which is also an inhabitant of corals.

Body divided into two distinct regions, an anterior narrow and rounded, and a posterior soft and fattened. Tentacles short, smooth or faintly annulate. Gills simple, beginning very far from the head , about 60th, 70th, or 100th foot. Comb-setae and acicular setae absent. Lower jaw (labrum) white, calcareous, gouge-like.

Synonym (s)
Eunice siciliensis Fauvel, 1923a
Eunice leucodon Ehlers, 1901

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Car Nicobar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Port Blair INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Mayabunder INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Palk Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Tampi, PRS and Rangarajan, K (1964) Some polychaetous Annelids from the Andaman waters Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 6(1) 98-123 Available at -
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at -
  • 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
  • Rao, GC (1991) Distribution of plants and animals on the rocky sea shores of Andaman and Nicobar Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 7(2) 30-42 Available at - NIO, Goa

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