Spirobranchus maldivensis   Pixell,  1913 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 20-30 mm.

Operculum a thick calcerous plate, without processes, supported by a tall pedicle with thin lateral wings. Collar setae with a short, wide, finely striated, fin like process at the base of the narrow anterior blade. Branchiae about 32 pairs with numerous long pinnae except at their distal ends, which are bare and filamentous. Thoracic uncini have about 15 teeth in addition to the large gouge-shaped one, and the abdominal 13. Abdominal setae narrow compressed trumpets, with one side produced into a long process. Tube with one or three coarsely serrated ridges.

Synonym (s)
Spirobranchus ceylonensis Pillai, 1960
(Subjective synonym)
Spirobranchus sinensis Wu & Chen, 1981
(Subjective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Pamban, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Off Cape Negrais MYANMAR

Literature Source(s)
  • 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 - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/567/1/Bulletin_7.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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

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