Dactylopodola indica   (Rao and Ganapati,  1968) (Gastrotrich)
Organism information awaits expert curation

Size: Length 0.35 mm and width 0.06 mm.

Head distinct and simple, with neck constriction. Pestle organs and cuticular armament absent. Four groups of sensory cilia occur laterally on head. Posterior end bilobed, each lobe with 4 adhesive tubes of unequal length. Two pairs of anterior and 5 pairs of lateral adhesive tubes occur implanted on mobile protuberances of cuticle. Pharynx short and occupies ΒΌ of the total gut length. Pharyngeal pores occur at the level of neck constriction. Testes, ovary, receptaculum seminis and bursa copulatrix present. Body transparent and contractile. Trunk bears several lateral sensory hairs. Ventral ciliation imperfect.

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Habitat:  Demersal, Sandy


• Lakshadweep, Agatti INDIA (Record: 06/02/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Bangaram INDIA (Record: 10/02/1987)
• Andhra Pradesh INDIA
• Orissa INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands INDIA
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Andhra Pradesh, Waltair INDIA
• Orissa, Puri INDIA
• Orissa, Konark INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Hut Bay INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Campbell Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Zoological Survey of India (Eds) (1991) Animal resources of India (Protozoa to Mammalia) ZSI 1-694 Available at - NCL, Pune
  • 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
  • Priyalakshmi, G and Menon, NR (2008) Indian marine Gastrotricha Available at - http://www.gastrotricha.unimore.it/Indian-marine.pdf
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • Rao, GC (1988) Meiofauna of the intertidal sediments on Great Nicobar Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 4 (2) 89-100 Available at - NIO, Goa

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