Sagitta bombayensis   Lele and Gae,  1936 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Sagittoidea

Image copyrights: A. Pierrot-Bults

Size: Maximum adult body length 13 mm; tail 25 %

Body firm, opaque; transversal musculature absent; head wide; hooks not serrated. Fin bridge absent. Anterior fins of medium length, fully rayed, rounded; posterior fins medium length, fully rayed, angular. Collarette short; gut diverticula absent. Small eyes shape of pigment spot unknown. Seminal vesicles with knob and trunk; position of seminal vesicles: touching tail fin, well separated from posterior fins. Ovaries of medium length, reaching to region of ventral ganglion; ova large. Adhesive papillae and adhesive organs absent. Hooks: 9-10; anterior teeth: 5-12; posterior teeth: 16-25.

Synonym (s)
Sagitta robusta George, 1949

Common Name (s)
• Arrow Worm (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Maharashtra, Mumbai (Lat: 18.98) (Long: 72.83) INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Lawsons Bay (Lat: 17.73) (Long: 83.35) INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai INDIA
• Maharashtra, Mumbai Harbour INDIA (Record: 03/11/1966) (Depth: 09-10 mts)
• Gujarat, Off Rozi INDIA (Record: 11/1972-10/1974)

Literature Source(s)
  • Alfred, JRB; Das, AK and Sanyal, AK (Eds.) (1998) Faunal diversity in India ZSI, Calcutta 1-497 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Nair, VR Chaetognatha NIO, Goa Available at -
  • Pierrot-Bults, A (2004) Chaetognatha of the world World biodiversity database Available at -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Nair, VR; Gajbhiye, SN and Desai, BN (1991) Effect of pollution on the distribution of chaetognaths in the nearshore waters of Bombay. Indian Journal of Marine Sciences 20(1) 43-48 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at -
  • Patel, MI (1976) Seasonal variation in zooplankton from the coastal waters of Saurashtra Indian Journal of Marine Sciences Scientific Publishers 5(1) 140-144 Available at - NIO, Goa

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