Pelagobia longicirrata   Gravier,  1911 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: Length 3-12 mm

Color: Colorless, transparent or orange red or dark red.

Body short, small, broad in the middle, 15-24 segments. Tentacles filiform. Proboscis cylindrical, unarmed, with longitudinal glands. Tentacular cirri subulate, equal with a small setigerous lobe and short setae. Dorsal cirrus of the second setigerous segment wanting. Next, long dorsal cirri; ventral ones shorter; a conical lobe with an aciculum and compound setae with a very slightly denticulate or smooth shaft and terminal piece with a sharp denticulate edge and the other winged, smooth.
This species may be overlooked as larvae of some other species owing to its small size.

Synonym (s)
Pelagobia longicirrata Dales & Peter, 1972
Pelagobia longicirrata Fauvel, 1951
Pelagobia longicirrata Greeff, 1879
Pelagobia longicirrata Peter, 1973
Pelagobia erinensis Nolte, 1938
(Subjective synonym)
Pelagobia viguieri Gravier, 1911
(Subjective synonym)

Common Name (s)
• Lugworm (English)
• Ragworm (English)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Pelagic


• Tamil Nadu, Pulicat Lake (Lat: 13.67) (Long: 80.17) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• Arabian Sea
• Gulf of Aden
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 10.03) (Long: 73.66) INDIA

Literature Source(s)
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  • Peter, G New records of some pelagic polychaetes from Arabian Sea and from Kavaatti and Kalpeni atolls (Laccadives) Records of the Zoological Survey of India Available at - ZSI, 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 -
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