Lysidice natalensis   Kinberg,  1865 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 75-100 mm.

Color: Body brown with minute white spots.

Prostomium bilobed, with 3 occipital antennae and 2 reniform eyes. Mandibles heavy; second maxillary plate with 3 teeth. Parapodia each with a bluntly conical dorsal cirrus, rounded ventral cirrus and a broad setigerous lobe. Setae include capillaries, pectinate setae, composite falcigers and subacicular hooks. Acicula black with blunt tips. Subacicular hooks from setiger 22-25 onwards. Second maxillary plate with three heavy teeth.

Synonym (s)
Lycidice natalensis Kinberg, 1865
(Objective synonym)
Lysidice atra Schmarda, 1861
(Subjective synonym)
Lysidice capensis Grube, 1868
(Subjective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy, Coastal


• West Bengal, Sagar Island (Lat: 21.72) (Long: 88.1) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 12/12/1979, 13/03/1983, 14/02/1986)
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 03/03/1984)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Gujarat INDIA
• West Bengal, Gangetic Delta INDIA
• West Bengal, Sagar Island, Naraharipur INDIA (Record: 12/06/1980)
• West Bengal, South 24 Parganas INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Misra, A and Chakraborty, RK (1991) Annelida: Polychaeta State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 137-165 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Misra, A (1995) Polychaetes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 93-155 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Mitra, S; Misra, A (2010) Polychaetes of the Wetlands of West Bengal Journal of Environment and Sociobiology Social Environmental and Biological Association, Kolkata, India 7(2) 141-146 Available at - NIO,Goa

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