Hesionides minima   Westheide and Rao,  1977 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order:Phyllodocida
Family:Hesionidae

Description
Size: Length 0.6 – 0.8 mm and width 0.06 mm.

Minute worms with 12-16 setigerous segments. Anterior end with 11 appendages. Ventral tentacles directed laterally. Neurosetae bidentate. Pygidium with 2 small stump-shaped adhesive lamellae united at the base and distally broadened into semicircular lappets. Anal cirri are thread-like with swollen bases. Pygidial lamellae are thigmotactic by which the worm sticks to the substratum. Pharynx with 3 folds and 10 tapering papillae. Female oocytes extend from fifth setigern backwards. Male sperm thread-like. Body transparent and dark-green in color.


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Ecology
Habitat:  Sandy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Andrott INDIA (Record: 23/02/1983)
• Lakshadweep, Kilttan INDIA (Record: 02/03/1983)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • 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

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