Notopygos variabilis   Potts,  1909 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 30mm by 12 mm, setae included.

Body fusiform. Dorsum sometimes ornamented with a pattern of orange spots; most specimens almost without pigment. The folded regions of the caruncle are separated on each side by a smooth pigmented area which is always to be seen. Four large eyes. Dorsal setae non serrated, ventral setae serrated in the first few segments only, or sometimes a few in the ventral bundles of the middle segments with a couple of well marked serrations underneath the hooked apex of the longer limb. Anus dorsal, position varying from the 22nd to the 25th segment. Extensive variations.

Synonym (s)
Notopygos variabilis Fishelson, 1971
Notopygos variabilis Fishelson & Rullier, 1969
Notopygos variabilis Hartman, 1959

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Male Atoll MALDIVES
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nancowry Harbour INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands 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
  • Tikader, BK and Das, AK (1985) Glimpses of animal life of Andaman and Nicobar Islands ZSI, Kolkata 1-170 Available at - NCL, 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 -
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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