Hesionides indooceanica   Westheide & Rao,  1977 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order:Phyllodocida
Family:Hesionidae

Description
Size: Length 2.2-2.8 mm and width 0.12 mm.

Minute worms with 28-30 setigerous somatic segments. Body transparent with brown stripes. Head with 11 tentacular appendages. First two pairs of appendages are of the same length, while the third ones are the longest. Tentacular cirri are thread-like with broad bases. Cephalic tentacles lack distinct knot-shaped swellings. Parapodium with notopodium bearing 2 simple setae of different size. Notopodium with 5 compound setae of varying size. Pygidium with a well developed semi-circular and flat anal plate, which is highly thigmotactic. Anal cirri thread-like. Sexes separate.


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Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Rocky, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 10) (Long: 93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Bay (Lat: 7.9) (Long: 93.4) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Harmindar Bay INDIA (Record: 25/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Bay INDIA (Record: 26/03/1990)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• East Coast INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jolly bouy Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Jolly bouy Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Das, A (2003) A catalogue of new taxa described by the scientists of the zoological survey of India during 1916-1991 Occasional paper no 208 ZSI, Kolkata 530 pp
  • Westheide and Rao, GC (1977) On some species of the genus Hesionides from Indian sandy beach Cahiers de Biologie Marine 18 278-284
  • Rao, GC (1993) Littoral meiofauna of Little Andaman Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 155 ZSI, Calcutta 120 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
  • Rao, GC (1987) Meiofauna of the Marine National Park, South Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 3(2) 88-97 Available at - NIO, Goa

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