Barantolla sculpta   Southern,  1921 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Length: 4-6 cm by 0.2-0.3 cm.

Long and stout worms. Body divided into a stout of 11 setigers and long abdomen of several segments; thoracic region cylindrical and its surface tesselated while abdomen is tetragonal in cross section. Prostomium two-ridged, without eyes, pointed and peristomium achaetous. Proboscis covered with minute papillae. First six thoracic setigers with sharp capillaries on both rami and the remaining five with long hooks. Abdominal segments with smaller hooks arranged on long tori both dorsally and ventrally; fine thread like dorsal branchia in the posterior region of the abdomen till the last segment. A single median anal cirrus.

Synonym (s)
Barantolla sculpta Fauvel, 1932

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine, Muddy


• West Bengal, Gangetic Delta (Lat: 7.21) (Long: 93.78) INDIA
• Orissa, Rambha INDIA
• Orissa, Barkul INDIA
• Orissa, Gorapur INDIA
• West Bengal, Salt Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake INDIA
• West Bengal, North 24 Parganas INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Misra, A (1995) Polychaetes Estuarine ecosystem series, Part 2: Hugli Matla Estuary ZSI, Calcutta 93-155 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Southern, R (1921) Fauna of the Chilka lake (Polychaeta of the Chilka lake and also of fresh and brackish waters in other parts of India) Memoirs of the Indian Museum Available at - NCL, 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 -
  • Nagarjuna, A; Kumar,NVN; Kalarani, V and Reddy, DC (2010) Aquatic and avian biodiversity of Pulicat brackish water lake and ecological degradation World Journal of Fish and Marine Sciences IDOSI Publications 2 (2) 118-123 Available at -
  • Fauvel, P (1953) The fauna of India including Pakistan, Ceylon, Burma and Malaya: Annelida, Polychaeta The Indian press ltd., Allahabad 507 pp 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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