Thelepus cincinnatus   (Fabricius,  1780) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 100-200 mm. by 5-10 mm.

Color: Brown, pink or orange yellow. Gills red.

Two pairs of filiform gills. Abdomen long, gradually tapering, often coiled. Eyespots numerous. Ventral scutes indistinct. Dorsal setae sometimes nearly to the end of the body. Abdominal pinnules rectangular, protruding. The uncini have, above the main fang, a transverse row of two rather large teeth, a median tooth and often two small denticles. The basal knob is more or less enlarged in shape.

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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
  • 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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