Eunoe pallida   (Ehlers,  1908) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length about 30 mm by 9 mm

Prostomium bilobed, with two small, short, pointed peaks. Median tentacle with a large, short ceratophore. Lateral tentacles filiform, shorter, 4 small pale colored eyes. Elytra 15 pairs, overlapping, large, soft, smooth, unfringed. Dorsal cirri with papillae. Dorsal tubercles present. Both divisions of the feet elongated, pointed. Dorsal setae stout, curved and serrated on the convex side. Ventral setae with a long, faintly spinulose, enlarged part and a smooth unidentate tip. The upper ventral setae are long, slender, straight, nearly capillary.

They are parasitic on echinoderms.

Synonym (s)
Eunoe pallida Fauvel, 1932
Eunoe pallida Fauvel, 1953
Eunoe pallida Hartman, 1974
Eunoe pallida Hartman, 1959
Gattyana pallida Ehlers, 1908
(Objective Synonym)
Eunoe pallida Fauvel, 1931
Harmothoe holothuricola Izuka, 1912
Harmothoe pallida Horst, 1917

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Andaman Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island 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
  • Hartman, O (1974) Polychaetous annelids of the Indian Ocean including an account of species collected by members of the International Indian Ocean Expeditions, 1963-1964, and a catalogue and bibliography of the species from India. Part II Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India 16(2) 609-644 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Wehe, T and Fiege, D (2002) Annotated checklist of the polychaete species of the seas surrounding the Arabian Peninsula: Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Gulf Fauna of Arabia 19 7-238 Available at -
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) 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
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa

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