Namalycastis indica   (Southern,  1921) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Body slender reaching 10-15 cm; prostomium triangular with a median groove; a pair of small antennae and two pairs of prominent eyes; Two pairs of tentacular cirri on each side of which postero-dorsals are elongated; proboscis without prangnaths or fleshy papillae; feet uniramous, dorsal ramus represented by big dorsal cirri with an aciculum and 1-2 spinigers, ventral ramus large with several spingers and narrow falcigers, ventral cirri short; dorsal cirri elongated towards the posterior region.

Synonym (s)
Lycastis indica Southern, 1921
(Objective synonym)
Lycastis indica Fauvel, 1932
Namalycastis indica Day, 1969

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• West Bengal, Gangetic Delta (Lat: 7.21) (Long: 93.78) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands (Lat: 12.5) (Long: 92.75) INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarbans (Lat: 21.5) (Long: 88.17) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• West Bengal, Kachuberia INDIA (Record: 12/06/1977)
• Orissa, Malatikuda INDIA
• Orissa, Barakuda INDIA
• West Bengal, Salt Lake INDIA
• West Bengal, Ganges Delta INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• West Bengal, Kakdwip INDIA (Record: 09/09/1979)
• West Bengal, Bakkhali INDIA (Record: 05/10/1982)
• West Bengal, Haldia INDIA (Record: 15/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Falta INDIA (Record: 25/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Geonkhali INDIA (Record: 09/03/1984)
• West Bengal, Haora, Salkiaghat INDIA (Record: 10/06/1986)
• West Bengal, Naihati INDIA (Record: 04/06/1986)
• West Bengal, Barrackpore INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA (Record: 1985)
• West Bengal, Bhushighata INDIA (Record: 18/10/1982)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• West Bengal, Haora INDIA
• West Bengal, East Medinipur INDIA
• West Bengal, North 24 Parganas INDIA
• West Bengal, Kolkata INDIA

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