Gastrolepidia clavigera   Schmarda,  1861 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: Length 25-30 mm

Color: Elytra all black or mottled dark brown and white.

Prostomium without frontal peaks. Lateral tentacles inserted ventrally. Tentacles and dorsal cirri long and much enlarged distally, with a small filiform tip. Elytra soft, without fringe or tubercles, semi transparent, covering the whole back. Dorsal setae few, stout, slightly curved and spinulose. Ventral setae with unidentate tip. Ventral lamellae very large and conspicuous.

Ectoparasitic on Holothurians.

Synonym (s)
Gastrolepidia amblyophyllus Grube, 1876
(Heterotypic synonym)
Polynoe freudenbergi Plate, 1916
(Heterotypic synonym)
Gastrolepidia amblyphyllus Grube, 1878

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Bay of Bengal (Lat: 15) (Long: 90) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram Island (Lat: 9.25) (Long: 79.33) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Rameswaram Island INDIA
• Bay of Bengal

Literature Source(s)
  • Tikadar, BK; Daniel, A and Subbarao, NV (1986) Sea shore animals of Andaman and Nicobar Islands The Director, ZSI, Kolkatta 188 Available at - ZSI, Pune
  • Fauvel, P (1941) On a small collection of Annelida Polychaeta of the Indian Museum, Calcutta Records of the Indian Museum ZSI, Calcutta 42 253-268 Available at - Pune University, Pune
  • Hartman, O (1974) Polychaetous annelids of the Indian Ocean including an account of species collected by members of the International Indian Ocean Expeditions, 1963-1964, and a catalogue and bibliography of the species from India. Part II Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India 16(2) 609-644 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Fauvel, P (1953) The fauna of India including Pakistan, Ceylon, Burma and Malaya: Annelida, Polychaeta The Indian press ltd., Allahabad 507 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Starfish Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Tampi, PRS and Rangarajan, K (1964) Some polychaetous Annelids from the Andaman waters Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 6(1) 98-123 Available at -

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