Notomastus latericeus   Sars,  1851 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: Length 150-300 mm. by 3-5 mm.

Color: Bright red anteriorly.

Thoracic setigers 11, one another asetigerous segment. Thorax with capillary setae only. Abdominal neuropodia with long rows of hooks, almost meeting in mid-ventral line. Branchiae rudimentary, represented by small swellings of abdominal notopodia and slightly larger triangular projections of the superior edge of neuropodia. A lateral organ between notopodia and neuropodia.
Thorax tessellated, segments bi-annular. Peristomium bi-annular, achaetous. First dorsal tori close to each other, coalescent; farther back they are well apart. Gills rudimentary and are represented by lateral processes of the dorsal ridges and of the upper end of the ventral tori. Genital pores form the 2nd abdominal segment. Very brittle in the posterior part.

Synonym (s)
Notomastus (Notomastus) latericeus Rosenfeldt, 1989
Notomastus latericeus Amoureux et al., 1978
Notomastus latericeus Amoureux et al., 1980
Notomastus latericeus Day, 1965
Notomastus latericeus Fauvel, 1932
Notomastus latericeus Fauvel, 1953
Notomastus latericeus Fishelson, 1971
Notomastus latericeus Fishelson & Rullier, 1969
Notomastus latericeus Hartman, 1959
Notomastus latericeus Hartman, 1974
Notomastus latericeus Kiseleva, 1971
Notomastus latericeus Mohammad, 1971
Notomastus latericeus Monro, 1937
Notomastus latericeus Wesenberg-Lund, 1949
Notomastus (Tremomastus) fertilis Eisig, 1887
(Subjective synonym)
Notomastus latericeus Rao & Soota, 1981
Arenia cruenta Quatrefages, 1866
(Subjective synonym)
Arenia fragilis Quatrefages, 1866
(Subjective synonym)
Capitella rubicunda Keferstein, 1862
(Subjective synonym)
Notomastus benedeni Claparede, 1864
(Subjective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Benthic, Coastal


• Gujarat INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi Backwaters (Lat: 9.97) (Long: 76.22) INDIA
• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 01/01/1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lagoon (Lat: 19.77) (Long: 85.33) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Orissa, Arkhakuda INDIA
• Bay of Bengal INDIA
• Red Sea
• Arabian Sea
• Gulf of Oman
• Arabian Gulf
• Kerala, Kayamkulam INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai Port INDIA (Record: 11/1996-12/1996)

Literature Source(s)
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