Glycera gigantea   Quatrafages,  1866 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: Length 200-350 mm.

Color: Pink anterior, grey behind, in life. Yellowish or copperish, in spirit.

Branchiae simple, rounded, vesicular, retractile into the anterior side of the feet. Parapodia with two anterior, digitiform equal lobes and two very short, rounded, slightly unequal lobes. Papillae of the proboscis of two kinds: a few globular and other elongated, destitute of terminal nail-like appendage. Supports of the jaws tri-angular, with a long process on one side.

Synonym (s)
Glycera decorata Quatrefages, 1866
(Subjective synonym)
Glycera fallax Quatrefages, 1850
(Subjective synonym)
Glycera folliculosa Ehlers, 1868
(Subjective synonym)
Glycera retractilis Quatrefages, 1866
(Subjective synonym)
Glycera sagittariae McIntosh, 1885
(Subjective synonym)

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Lakshadweep INDIA (Depth: 786 mts)

Literature Source(s)
  • Eibye-Jacobson, D (Ed) (2002) Proceedings of the International Workshop on the Polychaetes of the Andaman Sea, Phuket Marine Biological Center, Department of Fisheries, Thailand, 3 June-27 August 1997 Phuket Marine Biological Center Special Publication no. 24 Phuket Marine Biological Center, Phuket, Thailand 424 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • 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
  • 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
  • European Marine Life Available at -

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