Pseudostomella indica   Rao,  1970 (Gastrotrich)
Organism information awaits expert curation

Size: Length 0.2 mm and maximum width 0.05 mm.

Body dorsoventrally flattened, width-length ratio is about 1:4. Cuticular armament of tetrancres in 11-13 longitudinal rows. Cephalic net with 5 dorsal and 8 ventral papillae. Two pairs of anterior, 24 pairs of lateral and 3 pairs of ventrolateral tubes present. Two pairs of additional tubes occur between posterior pedicles. Three pairs of dorsolateral epidermal glands present. Pharynx occupies 2/5 of the total gut length. Pharyngeal pores occur close to the posterior end of pharynx. Testis unpaired. Seminal receptacle and bursa copulatrix present. Single dorsal ovary occurs opposite to testis. It bears tetrancres.

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Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Sandy, Coastal


• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA
• Orissa, Gopalpur INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 08/02/1987)
• Kerala, Cherai Beach INDIA (Depth: 0.17 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Hochberg, R (2002) Two new species of Pseudostomella (Gastrotricha: Macrodasyida) New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research The Royal Society of New Zealand 36 571-579
  • Das, A (2003) A catalogue of new taxa described by the scientists of the zoological survey of India during 1916-1991 Occasional paper no 208 ZSI, Kolkata 530 pp
  • Rao, GC (1970) Three new interstitial gastrotrichs from Andhra coast, India Cahiers de Biologie Marine 11(1) 109-120; 3 figs
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Priyalakshmi, G and Menon, NR (2008) Indian marine Gastrotricha Available at -
  • Menon, NR; Priyalakshmi, G and Todaro, MA (2007) A new species of Pseudostomella (Gastrotricha: Macrodasyida: Thaumastodermatidae) from a sandy beach of Kerala, India Zootaxa Magnolia Press 1616 61–68 Available at -

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