Mastobranchus indicus   Southern,  1921 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Annelida
Class: Polychaeta
Order:
Family:Capitellidae

Description
Size: 46 mm. by 3 mm.

Prostomium small, rounded. No eyes. Skin of the anterior region tessellated. Lateral organs not very distinct. 4 pairs of genital segments behind the segments 8-11. Tori in segments 2-4 very short, longer on the subsequent segments.The right ventral bundles of the 11th foot contain two very elongate hooks. The dorsal bundles on 13th and 14th segments contain only capillary setae, the ventral bundles only hooks, that are much larger and shorter than those of the right 11th foot. In the dorsl bundle of the 15th segment there are only hooks.


Synonym (s)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Muddy

Biogeography


• West Bengal, Gangetic Delta (Lat: 7.21) (Long: 93.78) INDIA
• Kerala, Ashtamudi Lake INDIA
• Kerala, Kochi Backwaters INDIA
• Kerala, Beypore Estuary INDIA
• Gujarat, Auranga Estuary INDIA
• Gujarat, Narmada Estuary INDIA
• West Bengal, Sundarbans (Lat: 21.5) (Long: 88.17) INDIA
• West Bengal, Medinipur, Junput INDIA (Record: 07/2000-06/2002)
• West Bengal, Medinipur, Sankarpur INDIA (Record: 07/2000-06/2002)
• West Bengal, Sundarbans INDIA (Record: 1985)
• West Bengal, Ghusighata INDIA
• West Bengal, Sagar Island, Gangasagar INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi and Zuari Estuary INDIA
• Karnataka, Kali Estuary INDIA
• West Coast, Mulki Estuary INDIA
• Kerala, Korapuzha Estuary INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Some invertebrate species recorded in Indian Sunderbans West Bengal Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan(BSAP), Oct 2002
  • Southern, R (1921) Fauna of the Chilka lake (Polychaeta of the Chilka lake and also of fresh and brackish waters in other parts of India) Memoirs of the Indian Museum Available at - NCL, Pune
  • Khan, AS and Murugesan, P (2005) Polychaete diversity in Indian estuaries Indian Journal of Marine Sciences National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resources, CSIR, New Delhi, India, in association with Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, INDIA 34(1) 114-119 Available at - http://nopr.niscair.res.in/handle/123456789/1548
  • Mandal, AK and Nandi, NC (1989) Fauna of Sundarban mangrove ecosystem, West Bengal, India Fauna of Conservations 3 35431 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Chandra, A and Chakraborty, SK (2008) Distribution, density and community ecology of macrobenthic intertidal polychaetes in the coastal tract of Midnapore, West Bengal, India Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin, India 50(1) 7-16 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Kumar, RS (2001) Biodiversity and affinity of polychaetous annelids within the mangrove ecosystem of Indo-Pacific region Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The Marine Biological Association of India, Cochin 43(1&2) 206-213 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Sarkar, SK; Bhattacharya, A; Giri, S; Bhattacharya, B; Sarkar, D; ChandraNayak, D and Chattopadhaya, AK (2005) Spatiotemporal variation in benthic polychaetes (Annelida) and relationships with environmental variables in a tropical estuary Wetlands Ecology and Management 13 55-67 Available at - http://www.springerlink.com/content/p75t787x75032651/fulltext.pdf
  • 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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