Marphysa fallax   Marion & Bobretzky,  1875 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 15-40 mm.

Color: Back red, with white dots, second segment pale.

Slender and small worms. Branchia with 1-3 filaments from segments 7-8th and disappear in the last 10-15 segments; feet with dorsal capillary setae and ventral compound setae, ventral compound setae having knife like end pieces. Feet of the middle and posterior segments consist several compound setae with knife like end pieces and 1-2 with sickle shaped end pieces ventrally. Comb setae not seen. Acicular setae with bidentate tip. Two pairs of anal cirri.

Synonym (s)
Marphysa fallax Fauvel, 1923
Marphysa fallax Fauvel, 1953
Marphysa chevalensis Willey, 1905

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • Rao, CAN (1995) Annelida: Polychaeta Wetland ecosystem series 1: Fauna of Chilika lake ZSI, Calcutta 319-336 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • 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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