Scoloplos latus   (Chamberlin)  (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Thorax 10 mm.

Color: Grayish, colorless in spirit.

Body of large size, much depressed in the anterior part, semi-cylindrical in the middle and posteriorly, ventral side convex. Prostomium small, conical, blunt. Two small, rounded, nuchal organs. Peristomium achaetous. Thorax of 17-18 segments. Dorsal ramus with a conical dorsal cirrus, a short setigerous lobe with a bundle of serrate capillary setae. Ventral ramus a transverse compressed pad with camerated capillary setae, stout bent hook and a single conical foot-papilla, inserted backwards in the middle of the foot. Ventral papillae (subpodiale) absent. In the abdominal region an erect dorsal cirrus, an aciculum and a bundle of slender capillary setae. Intermediate cirrus (intercirrus) absent. Ventral ramus erect, divided into unequal lobes, one short and blunt, the other cirriform and tapering, an aciculum, a few capillary setae. Ventral cirrus absent. Gills begin on the 5th segment. The first few gills are simple, the next few are bifid, and form the 16th foot they have 5-9 long, simple, filaments arising from a short transverse base separated from the foot. In the abdominal region, these long gill-filaments bend backwards, overlap and completely cover the dorsum. Dorsal sense organs, from the 16th-17th segment; they consist of two small elongated pads in the middle of each segment.

Synonym (s)
Scoloplos latus Fauvel, 1932
Branchethus latum Chamberlin 1919

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Bay of Bengal

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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