Travisia arborifera   Fauvel,  1932 (Marine Worm)
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Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order:
Family:Opheliidae

Description
Size: 10-38 mm. by 3-10 mm.

Body short, plump, spindle-shaped, 36 setigerous segments subdivided into annuli. Posterior segments imbricated, square in section. Skin divided into polygonal glandular areas. Prostomium rounded, ending in a small conical tip. Two small nuchal organs. Gills branched, beginning on the 2nd setigerous segment and missing only on the last 6-7 segments. Dorsal and ventral rami far apart and each reduced to a bundle of simple, smooth, or very finely barbed capillary setae inserted in a pit. A small triangular fleshy lamella in front of the gills; a similar, slightly larger, lamella in the ventral ramus. In the posterior part of the body these lamellae are larger. A lateral pit-like sense organ between the rami, conspicuous even on the first setigerous segment. Nephridial pores from the 3rd to the 14th setigerous segment. Pygidium ending in a knob with 6-8 short cirri. Vent terminal.


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Ecology

Biogeography


• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman Sea INDIA (Depth: 96.92 mts)

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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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

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