Chloeia flava   Quatrefages,  1866 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: Length 76 mm; Width 16 mm

Color: Median dorsal purple spots varying in shape from a narrow ellipse to a circle. Setae varying from almost pure white to a bright yellow or pale green. Tentacles and dorsal cirri more or less violet or deep purple. Branchiae unpigmented or brown.

Caruncle extends posteriorly to the commencement of the 4th segment and ends with a free tapering extremity. 37 setigers present.

Synonym (s)
Chloeia flava Amoureux et al., 1978
Chloeia flava Hartman, 1959
Chloeia flava Horst, 1912
Amphinome capillata Bruguiere, 1789
(Heterotypic synonym)
Aphrodita flava Pallas, 1766
(Homotypic synonym)
Chloeia ancora Frickhinger, 1916
(Homotypic synonym)
Chloeia capillata Audouin & Milne Edwards, 1833
(Heterotypic synonym)
Chloeia ceylonica Grube, 1874
(Heterotypic synonym)
Chloeia incerta Quatrefages, 1866
(Heterotypic synonym)
Chloeia natalensis Day, 1951
(Heterotypic synonym)
Thesmia flava (Quatrefages, 1866)
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Mandapam INDIA
• Palk Strait INDIA
• Bay of Bengal

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
  • Russell, FE and Nagabhushanam, R (1996) Minor phyla in the venomous and poisonous marine invertebrates of the Indian Ocean 1-271 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fauvel, P (1941) On a small collection of Annelida Polychaeta of the Indian Museum, Calcutta Records of the Indian Museum ZSI, Calcutta 42 253-268 Available at - Pune University, 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 -
  • A guide to Singapore Polychaetes Available at -
  • Srikrishnadhas, B; Murugesan, P and Khan, SA (1998) Polychaetes of Parangipettai coast Annamalai University, Parangipettai 110 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Starfish 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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