Themiste lageniformis   Baird,  1868 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Sipunculidea

Trunk 15-25 mm long, tending to curve ventrally. Introvert without hooks, about one-third to one-fifth of trunk length and with blue pigmented band near its middle. Tentacles basically enclosing the mouth and arising from 4 primary stems. Muscle layers of body wall continuous. Retractor muscles single pair. Spindle muscle free posteriorly. Fixing muscles three in number. Contractile vessel with short and finger-like villi. Nephridia completely free and opening at the same level as anus.

Synonym (s)
Themiste lageniformis Baird 1868
Golfingia pyriformis Haldar 1975
Themiste lageniformis Cutler, Cutler and Nishikawa 1984

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Gujarat, Gulf of Kachchh (Lat: 22.6) (Long: 69.5) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 14/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 20/12/1979)
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 4/4/1984)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 6/2/1986)

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
  • Alfred, JRB; Das, AK and Sanyal, AK (Eds.) (1998) Faunal diversity in India ZSI, Calcutta 1-497 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Subba Rao, NV and Sastry, DRK (2005) Fauna of Marine National Park, Gulf of Kuchchh (Gujarat) ZSI 79 pp Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Cutler, EB The bathyal and abyssal Sipuncula Galathea Report 14 135-156 Available at - Zoological Records
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Haldar, BP (1991) Sipuncula State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 167-183 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) Available at -

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