Perinereis vancaurica   (Ehlers,  1868) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 80-100 mm.

Longest tentacular cirri extending up to setiger 4-5. Pharyngeal paragnaths arranged as: Gr I = 2 cones in a line; Gr II = several cones in two curves rows; Gr III = a square group; Gr IV = several cones forming triangular patch; Gr V = 3 cones in a triangle; Gr VI = 2 transverse bars on each side; Gr VII and VIII = 3 irregular rows. Dorsal ligule of posterior parapodia not enlarged.

Synonym (s)
Nereis vancaurica Ehlers, 1868
(Objective synonym)
Perinereis horsti Gravier, 1900
Perinereis horsti Gravier, 1902
Perinereis horsti Gravier, 1899
Perinereis vancaurica Ben-Eliahu, 1972
Perinereis vancaurica Ben-Eliahu, 1991
Perinereis vancaurica Fauvel, 1927
Perinereis vancaurica Hartman, 1974
Perinereis vancaurica Hutchings et al., 1991
Perinereis vancaurica Mohammad, 1980
Perinereis vancaurica Monro, 1939
Nereis vancaurica Ehlers, 1864
Nereis languida Grube, 1867
Perinereis horsti Gravier, 1901
Perinereis nankaurica Augener, 1922 a
Perinereis horsti Gravier, 1901
(Junior synonym)
Nereis languida Grube, 1868
Perinereis horsti Gravier, 1902
(Subjective synonym)
Perinereis nancaurica (Ehlers, 1904)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 10/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 06/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andamans INDIA
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Arabian Gulf
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Nancowry Island INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
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  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
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