Ophiodromus angustifrons   (Grube,  1878) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Sise: Anterior 20 segments measuring 1.5 cm (incomplete specimen).

Anterior segments cylindrical, while the remaining flat. Proboscis with no teeth or papillae; a pair of pointed palps at each corner. Six pairs of tentacular cirri attached to cirrophores and are easily detachable. First setigerous segment with a long dorsal cirrus with a cirrophore, 1-2 setae.
Dorsal ramus reduced with a large dorsal cirri and few setae while the ventral rami lobe-like with several setae and a small ventral cirri. Notosetae comprises many capillary setae with unequal limbs; Neurosetae all compound, some with long pointed end pieces, and fewfalcigers with bidentate tips.

Synonym (s)
Irima angustifrons Grube, 1878
Ophiodromus angustifrons Hartman, 1974
Ophiodromus angustifrons Pleijel, 1998
Podarke angustifrons Amoureux et al., 1978
Podarke angustifrons Fauvel, 1918
Podarke angustifrons Fauvel, 1932
Podarke angustifrons Fauvel, 1919
Podarke angustifrons Mohammad, 1971
Ophidromus angustifrons Day, 1967
Irma angustifrons Grube, 1878
(Objective synonym)
Irma latifrons Grube, 1878
(Objective synonym)
Irma limicola Willey, 1905
(Objective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Gulf of Aden
• Arabian Gulf
• Arabian Sea

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 - http://www.senckenberg.de/files/content/forschung/abteilung/aquazool/mev2/wehe_&_fiege.pdf
  • Rao, CAN (1995) Annelida: Polychaeta Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 319-336 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org

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