Myriochele picta   Southern,  1921 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 3-10 mm.

Color: On the back of the head, a conspicuous patch of reticulate purplish brown pigment. A transverse dorsal band at the posterior end of the buccal segment.

Tubes cylindrical covered with small sand grains. Prostomium and peristomium fused, first three thoracic segments with capillary setae only. First two abdominal segments longer, abdomen with notopodial capillaries and neuropodial bidentate hooks. The suceeding eight diminish only slightly in length, but the three posterior are much shorter. Dorsal capillary setae and ventral hooks in all the abdominal segments. The hook are bidentate and arranged in irregular transverse rows. Five pairs of thread glands in the first five segments. Tubes cylindrical, covered with smalll quartz grains.

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Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Estuarine


• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 27/03/1984)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Orissa, Chilika Lake INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA
• Orissa, Rambha Estuary INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Inayat, AH and Glasby, CJ (2004) Polychaeta (Annelida) of the Natuna Islands, south China Sea The Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 11 24-25
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Misra, A and Chakraborty, RK (1991) Annelida: Polychaeta State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 137-165 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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 -
  • Rao, DG (1987) Ecology of meiobenthos of Rambha Bay in Chilka lagoon, Bay of Bengal Journal of the marine biological association of India The marine biological association of India 29(1&2) 74-85 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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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