Scoloplos latus   (Chamberlin)  (Marine Worm)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order:
Family:Orbiniidae

Description
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

Ecology

Biogeography


• 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org


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