Notophyllum splendens   (Schmarda,  1861) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 15-50 mm by 1-4 mm.

Body short and thick. Prostomium rounded with two large eyes. Nuchal organs as 3-4 finger-like lobes on posterior margin of prostomium. Four pairs of short tentacular cirri arise on segment 3. Parapodia biramous. Dorsal ramus with one aciculum and a few simple setae. Ventral setae compound, with rather long serrulate end-piece.

Synonym (s)
Notophyllum splendens Fauvel, 1919
Notophyllum splendens Fauvel, 1955
Notophyllum splendens Monro, 1937
Notophyllum splendens Pleijel, 1991
Macrophyllum leucopterum Schmarda, 1861
(Subjective synonym)
Macrophyllum splendens Schmarda, 1861
(Objective synonym)
Notophyllum laciniatum Willey, 1905
(Subjective synonym)
Notophyllum splendens Augener, 1913
Notophyllum imbricatum Moore, 1906
Phyllodoce multicirris Grube, 1878

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 04/01/1980)
• Lakshadweep INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Red Sea
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar, Manauli Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • 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
  • Wehe, T and Fiege, D (2002) Annotated checklist of the polychaete species of the seas surrounding the Arabian Peninsula: Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Arabian Gulf Fauna of Arabia 19 7-238 Available at -
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 -

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