Namalycastis fauveli   Nageswara Rao,  1981 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Slender worm of several segments reaching 4-6 cm in length. Proboscis plate-like with a median ridge; a pair of small knob like antennae, a pair of bulbous palps and two pairs of eyes. Two pairs of small tentacular cirri on each side. Proboscis with a pair of chitinous jaws, paragnaths absent. Feet uniramous; dorsal rami represented by dorsal cirri with an aciculum and 1-2 spinigers in some segments. Dorsal cirri small in the anterior segments and gradually becomes broad and enlarged in size towards the posterior region; ventral ramus triangular, lobe like with several spinigers and falcigers. One limb of the lower piece of the heterogomph falciger is very long; ventral cirri very small.

Synonym (s)
Namelycastis fauveli Rao, 1981
Namalycastis tachinensis Rosenfeldt, 1984

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Andhra Pradesh, Godavari Estuary (Lat: 16.63) (Long: 82.3) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Orissa, Baitarani Estuary (Lat: 20.75) (Long: 86.8) INDIA
• Orissa, Baitarani INDIA
• West Bengal, Kachuberia INDIA (Record: 12/06/1977)
• West Bengal, Kakdwip INDIA (Record: 08/09/1979)
• West Bengal, Diamond Harbour INDIA (Record: 11/03/1983-13/03/1983)
• West Bengal, Haldia INDIA (Record: 16/03/1983, 17/03/1983, 18/03/1983)
• West Bengal, Nurpur INDIA (Record: 07/12/1983)
• West Bengal, Falta INDIA (Record: 26/03/1985-27/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Bally INDIA (Record: 02/06/1986)
• West Bengal, Raichak INDIA (Record: 07/12/1983)
• West Bengal, Geonkhali INDIA (Record: 23/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Haora, Salkia INDIA (Record: 10/06/1986)
• West Bengal, Naihati INDIA (Record: 04/06/1986, 15/08/1989)
• West Bengal, Barrackpore INDIA (Record: 03/06/1986)
• West Bengal, Sunderbans, Marichjhapi INDIA (Record: 13/11/1988)
• West Bengal, Sagar Island, Gangasagar INDIA
• West Bengal, Narayanpur INDIA (Record: 09/03/1984)
• West Bengal, Bhushighata INDIA (Record: 12/08/1982)
• West Bengal, Patikhali INDIA (Record: 18/03/1983)
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• West Bengal, North 24 Parganas INDIA
• West Bengal, East Medinipur INDIA
• West Bengal, Haora INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2001) Fauna of Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Estuarine ecosystem series 4 ZSI, Kolkata 1-166 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds.) (1998) Fauna Of Mahanadi estuary, Orissa Estuarine ecosystem series no 3 ZSI, Kolkata 1-218 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Eibye-Jacobson, D (Ed) (2002) Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Polychaetes of the Andaman Sea, Phuket Marine Biological Center, Department of Fisheries, Thailand, 3 June-27 August 1997 Phuket Marine Biological Center Special Publication no. 24 Phuket Marine Biological Center, Phuket, Thailand 424 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Paul, S and Nandi, NC Studies on intertidal macrozoobenthos of Hugli river in and around Calcutta in relation to water and soil conditions Occasional paper no 213 Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI, Kolkata 1-135 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Rao, CAN (1999) Observations on a collection of polychaetes from Godavari estuary, Andhra Pradesh Records of the Zoological Survey of India ZSI 97(1) 43-47 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Rao, CAN (1995) Annelida: Polychaeta Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 319-336 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Misra, A (1995) Polychaetes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 93-155 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sarkar, SK; Bhattacharya, A; Giri, S; Bhattacharya, B; Sarkar, D; ChandraNayak, D and Chattopadhaya, AK (2005) Spatiotemporal variation in benthic polychaetes (Annelida) and relationships with environmental variables in a tropical estuary Wetlands Ecology and Management 13 55-67 Available at -
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