Dendronereis arborifera   Peters,  1855 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Prostomium deeply cleft between the diverging tentacles, partly connected with the ovoid palpophores. 4 eyes; proboscis with soft conical papillae on both rings. Dorsal cirri bearing lateral simple branchial filaments from the 8th – 10th to the 18th – 22nd segment. In the anterior feet, dorsal division with 2 triangular lobes, ventral division with 4-6 conical lobes and a few papillae. In the posterior feet, dorsal division bilobed, ventral division with a single large triangular lobe and a small ventral cirrus. Dorsal and ventral seate all homogomph spinigerous, nearly alike.

Synonym (s)
Dendronereis arborifera Ehlers, 1868

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• West Bengal, Sundarbans (Lat: 21.5) (Long: 88.17) INDIA
• Orissa, Mahanadi Estuary (Lat: 20.32) (Long: 86.75) INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi Estuary (Lat: 15.28) (Long: 73.52) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam (Lat: 17.72) (Long: 83.33) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vasishta Godavari estuary INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam Backwater INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA (Record: 1984)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA (Record: 1985)
• Kerala, Kochi INDIA (Record: 1994, 1995)
• Maharashtra, Rajapur Bay INDIA (Record: 03/1989, 09/1989, 01/1990)

Literature Source(s)
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