Thaumastoderma heideri   Remane,  1926 (Gastrotrich)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Gastrotricha
Class:
Order:Macrodasyida
Family:Thaumastodermatidae

Description
Size: Length 0.25 mm and maximum width 0.05 mm.

Body elongate and dorsoventrally flattened. Head with 2 pairs of laterally directed tentacles. Dermal hooks 4-pronged. Five pairs of anterior, 20 pairs of lateral and 6 pairs of posterior tubes present. Two pairs of reddish eye spots on head are characteristic of the species. Five pairs of long dorsolateral cirri present. Ventral ciliation uniform. Pharyngeal pores located at the posterior end of pharynx. Single testis lies on the right side lateral to the anterior part of intestine. Copulatory bursa and seminal receptacle present.


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Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Demersal, Rocky, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Andhra Pradesh, Vishakhapatnam (Lat: 17.7) (Long: 83.3) INDIA
• Lakshadweep, Minicoy INDIA (Record: 15/03/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 06/03/1983)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, South Bay INDIA (Record: 26/03/1990)
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA
• Orissa, Puri INDIA
• Orissa, Gopalpur INDIA
• Orissa, Bahuda Estuary INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hut Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Ranganatha Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Ranganatha Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) 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
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Rao, DVS (2005) Comprehensive review of the records of the biota of the Indian Seas and the introduction of non-indigenous species Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems John Wiley and Sons, Ltd. 15(2) 117-146 Available at - http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/aqc.659
  • Chandrasekhara Rao, G (1974) On the geographical distribution of interstitial fauna of marine beach sand Indian Science Academy Bulletin 47 164-178
  • 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
  • Priyalakshmi, G and Menon, NR (2008) Indian marine Gastrotricha Available at - http://www.gastrotricha.unimore.it/Indian-marine.pdf
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • Rao, GC (1987) Meiofauna of the Marine National Park, South Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 3(2) 88-97 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

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