Ochetostoma capense   Jones & Stephen,  1955 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Echiuroidea

Trunk is sausage shaped and measures 43 mm in length and 20 mm across the broadest part. Proboscis is 19 mm in length, fleshy, gradually narrowing anteriorly and somewhat tubular in shape by ventral inflection of its lateral margins. Proximal 1/3rd of the lateral margins are broken in the form of a series of ridges. Across the broadest part the proboscis is nearly 10 mm wide from one edge to another. Body wall is thick and covered with sparsely distributed papillae. Longitudinal muscle bands are 10 in number with transverse fascicles between the bands. Ventrally about 5 mm posterior to the mouth 2 very small dark brown hooks with golden yellow tips are present. Genital pores are indistinguishable.

Gonoducts 2 pairs, pear shaped and located posterior to the ventral hooks; the posterior part is larger in size. Gonostome basal, gonostomal lip drawn into two spirally coiled filaments. Dorsal vessel is robust, neuro-intestinal vessel is single throughout, and the ring sinus is narrow. Anal vesicles are two brown tubes about 15 mm in length and 1.5 mm in breadth and studded with excretory funnels.

Synonym (s)
Ochetostoma capensis Jones & Stephen, 1955
Ochetostoma capense Stephen & Edmonds, 1972

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep, Kavaratti INDIA (Record: 9/2/1986)

Literature Source(s)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Haldar, BP and Dattagupta, AK (1991) Echiura State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 185-197 Available at - NIO, Goa

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