Anthohydra psammobionta   Salvini-Plawen & Chandrasekhara Rao,  1973 (Hydrozoan)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Hydrozoa
Family:Filifera incertae sedis

Size: Length 1.0-1.2 mm; maximum body diameter 0.09 mm.

Solitary hydrozoan polyp with one oral cirelet of 24 solid and filiform tentacles which can partly be withdrawn inside the body. Body cylindrical with gastral cavity extending the whole length. Distinct pedal disc present for adhesion to solid substratum. Nematocysts are profusely distributed all over the tentacles. Stenoteles are absent.

One or more lateral buds occur for sexual reproduction.

Leads a semi-sessile mode of existence between sand grains of marine beaches.

Synonym (s)
Anthohydra psammobionta Salvini-Plawen and Rao, 1973

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

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


• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, West Bay INDIA (Record: 28/03/1990)
• 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)
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • 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 -
  • 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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