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

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Size: 100-160 mm. by 5-8 mm.

Antennae deeply annulated. Gills commencing from setiger 6, simple on first two setigers, then pinnately branched with 6-12 filaments, reduced in mid-body region. Acicular setae yellow and tridentate.

Synonym (s)
Eunice antennata Amoureux et al., 1978
Eunice antennata Ben-Eliahu, 1972
Eunice antennata Day, 1965
Eunice antennata Fauchald, 1992
Eunice antennata Fauvel, 1919
Eunice antennata Fauvel, 1953
Eunice antennata Fauvel, 1911
Eunice antennata Fauvel, 1958
Eunice antennata Fauvel, 1932
Eunice antennata Fauvel, 1933
Eunice antennata Fauvel, 1927
Eunice antennata Fauvel, 1918
Eunice antennata Fauvel, 1955
Eunice antennata Fishelson & Rullier, 1969
Eunice antennata Hartman, 1974
Eunice antennata Kiseleva, 1971
Eunice antennata Mohammad, 1976
Eunice antennata Mohammad, 1971
Eunice antennata Mohammad, 1972
Eunice antennata Monro, 1937
Eunice antennata Quatrefages, 1866
Eunice antennata Wesenberg-Lund, 1949
Leodice antennata Lamarck, 1818
Leodice antennata Savigny, 1826
Leodice antennata Savigny, 1822
Laodice antennata Savigny, 1820
Eunice gracilis antennata Grube, 1867
(Heterotypic synonym)
Eunice longiqua Kinberg, 1865
(Heterotypic synonym)
Leodice antennata Savigny in Lamarck, 1818
(Homotypic synonym)
Eunice antennata (Savigny, 1820)
(Senior synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Reef Associated, Coastal


• Palk Bay INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar (Lat: 8.5) (Long: 79) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 19/12/1978)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Red Sea
• Gulf of Aden
• Arabian Gulf
• Maharashtra, Mahim Creek (Lat: 19.03) (Long: 72.82) INDIA (Record: 11/1979-12/1980)
• Maharashtra, Malvan INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Persian Gulf
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Shingle Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Tuticorin INDIA
• Maharashtra INDIA
• Maharashtra, Malvan (Lat: 16.08) (Long: 73.05) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, North Reef Island INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Vedalai 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
  • 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
  • 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 -
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Mohan, JM (1978) Ecological studies on the fauna associated with economic seaweeds of south India-1. species composition, feeding habits and interrelationships Seaweed Research and Utilization Seaweed Research and Utilization Association, Tamil Nadu 3 17 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Fauchald, K (1992) A review of the genus Eunice (Polychaeta: Eunicidae) based upon type material Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C. 523 1-422 Available at - NIO, RC Kochi
  • A guide to Singapore Polychaetes Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Misra, A and Chakraborty, RK (1991) Annelida: Polychaeta State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 137-165 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Toonen, R (1997) Phylum Annelida -- Polychaetes,the bristleworms, Rob Toonen Aquarium.Net Available at -
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  • Parulekar, AH (1971) Polychaetes from Maharashtra and Goa Journal of Bombay Natural History Society Bombay Natural History Society 68(3) 726-749 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Parulekar, AH (1981) Marine fauna of Malvan, central west coast of India Mahasagar - Bulletin of National Institute of Oceanography NIO 14(1) 33-44 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC; Rao, DV and Devi, K (1994) A faunal exploration of the North Reef Island sanctuary, North Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 10(1&2) 68-81 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 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
  • Ghosh, A (1963) On a collection of polychaeta from the south-east coast of India with a new eunicid record Journal of the marine biological associaiton of India The marine biological association of India 5(2) 239-245 Available at - NIO, Goa

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