Diopatra cuprea   (Bosc,  1802) (Marine Worm)
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Class: Polychaeta

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Prostomium with a pair of short, subulate frontal antennae, a pair of oval cushion-like palps, and 5 occipital antennae. Tentacular cirri slender, as long as ceratophore of the longest occipital antenna. Anterior parapodia well developed, with long, triangular dorsal and ventral cirri, notopodia represented by the bases of branchiae and dorsal cirri supported by 2-3 fine acicula, neuropodia well developed, supported by 2-3 acicula, each with a long, conical postsetal lobe a and a short, rounded presetal lobe. First 4 or 5 setigers with presetal lobes having larger superior and smaller inferior processes.

Synonym (s)
Nereis cuprea Bosc, 1802
Diopatra brasiliensis Hansen, 1882
(Heterotypic synonym)
Diopatra fragilis Ehlers, 1869
(Heterotypic synonym)
Diopatra frontalis Grube, 1850
Diopatra spiribranchis Augener, 1906
(Heterotypic synonym)
Diopatra variegata Hansen, 1882
(Heterotypic synonym)
Nereis cuprea Bosc, 1802
(Homotypic synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal


• West Bengal, Sundarbans (Lat: 21.5) (Long: 88.17) INDIA
• West Bengal, Bhangatushkhali INDIA (Record: 13/03/1975)
• West Bengal, Gangasagar INDIA (Record: 09/07/1975, 12/04/1978)
• West Bengal, Champatala INDIA (Record: 17/11/1975)
• West Bengal, Kachuberia INDIA (Record: 13/04/1978)
• West Bengal, Canning INDIA (Record: 12/01/1983)
• West Bengal, Bakkhali INDIA (Record: 07/03/1985)
• West Bengal, Medinipur, Sankarpur INDIA (Record: 07/2000-06/2002)
• West Bengal, Medinipur, Talsari INDIA (Record: 07/2000-06/2002)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA (Record: 1985)
• Maharashtra, Mumbai Port INDIA (Record: 11/1996-12/1996)
• Orissa, Subarnarekha estuary INDIA
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA
• West Bengal, East Medinipur INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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