Desmodora megalosoma   Steiner,  1918 (Marine Worm)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Nematoda
Class: Adenophorea
Order:Desmodorida
Family:Desmodoridae

Description
Size: Length 1.5 – 1.8 mm. Tail 2.0 – 4.5 anal diameters long. The tail is longer in females than in males.

Cuticular annulation faintly ringed, with longitudinal lines. Cephalic setae short, about 5 – 6 µm or 0.4 head diameter long. The setae are longer in female than in male. Amphid conspicuous with 3.5 spirals, 10 µm or 0.5 head diameter wide in female and 15 µm or 0.6 head diameter wide in male. Buccal cavity cylindrical and 40 µm long, with cuticular plates in the anterior region. Oesophageal bulb bilobed posteriorly, the lobes being larger in size in males than in females. Tail short and conical. Spicule in male curved and 1.0 – 1.3 anal diameters long. Accessory plate 0.6 anal diameter long. A preanal papilla occurs on the ventral surface in front of anus.


Synonym (s)
Desmodora megalosoma Steiner, 1918

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Kadamatt INDIA (Record: 26/01/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Galathea Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Galathea Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Chidiya Tapu INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Galathea Bay INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, GC (1993) Littoral meiofauna of Little Andaman Records of the Zoological Survey of India. Occasional paper no. 155 ZSI, Calcutta 120 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1988) Meiofauna of the intertidal sediments on Great Nicobar Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 4 (2) 89-100 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1989) On some free living marine nematodes of the Bay Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 5(1) 1-22 Available at - NIO, Goa

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