Mesochaetopterus minutus   Potts,  1914 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 20mm. by 1 mm.

Very small, slender, living in tubes of a translucent, horny material, coated with coated with coarse sand. Prostomium large and conical. Peristomial collar well developed. Just external to the tentacles is a pair of eyes. The anterior region contains 10-13 segments, the median region is composed of two segments. The first pair of notopodia are small and clavate, the second pair are of the type described for the genus. The ciliated groove expands into a cap in the middle of the second segment. The posterior region is composed of segments which are double anteriorly, simple posteriorly; each notopodium has a single seta.

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• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar 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
  • Mohammad, MBM (1980) Polychaete annelids from Kuwaitian Islands, Arabian Gulf, with descriptions of four new species Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 69(1) 31-42 Available at - Zoological records
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) 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

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