Hesione splendida   Savigny in Lamarck,  1818 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 30-60 mm.

Body cylindrical and tapered posteriorly. Prostomium deeply notched posteriorly, with two minute anterolateral antennae. Pharynx smooth, with an oval dorsal tubercle in front of prostomium. Setae falcigerous with blades of varying length, tipped with two distinct teeth and a fine one.

Synonym (s)
Hesione splendida Ben-Eliahu, 1972
Hesione splendida Hartman, 1974
Hesione splendida Pleijel, 1998
Hesione splendida Quatrefages, 1866
Hesione splendida Savigny, 1822
Hesione splendida Savigny, 1826
Hesione splendida Savigny, 1818
Hesione pacifica McIntosh, 1885
(Subjective synonym)
Hesione ceylonica Grube, 1874
(Subjective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy


• Andhra Pradesh, Godavari Estuary (Lat: 16.63) (Long: 82.3) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 19/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 03/01/1980)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 04/01/1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Red Sea
• West Bengal, Sunderbans INDIA (Record: 08/11/1988)
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas 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
  • (2001) Fauna of Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Estuarine ecosystem series 4 ZSI, Kolkata 1-166 Available at - ZSI, 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 - http://www.senckenberg.de/files/content/forschung/abteilung/aquazool/mev2/wehe_&_fiege.pdf
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Misra, A and Chakraborty, RK (1991) Annelida: Polychaeta State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 137-165 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Misra, A (1995) Polychaetes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 93-155 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Mitra, S; Misra, A (2010) Polychaetes of the Wetlands of West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 7(2) 141-146 Available at - NIO,Goa

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