Salmacina dysteri   (Huxley,  1855) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Image copyrights: Keoki and Yuko Stender

Size: 4-7 mm.

Color: Orange or red. Gills pale or reddish at the base.

Branchial filaments with spatulate enlargements at the tips. The triangular wing of the collar setae with numerous, more or less fine, teeth. Tubes forming large, white, colonial masses.

Synonym (s)
Filograna dysteri (Huxley, 1855)
Filopora filograna Dalyell, 1853
(Subjective synonym)
Protula (Salmacina) dysteri Huxley, 1855
Protula dysteri Huxley, 1855
(Objective synonym)
Salmacina aedificatrix Claparede, 1870
(Subjective synonym)
Salmacina edificatrix Claparede, 1870

Common Name (s)
• Coral Worm (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Coastal


• Maharashtra, Mumbai Port INDIA (Record: 11/1996-12/1996)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Harbour INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Sukumaran, S and Devi, KS (2009) Polychaete diversity and its relevance in the rapid environmental assessment of Mumbai Port Current Science Current Science Association in collaboration with the Indian Academy of Sciences 97(10) 1439-1444 Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Stender, GK and Stender, YO 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

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