Chrysopetalum ehlersi   Gravier  1902 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 6-15 mm by 1 mm

Color: Yellowish, with golden paleae.

Body short, very brittle. Median tentacle short, lateral tentacles pyriform. Four large eyes. A nuchal fold. First two setigerous segments with only dorsal palae and no ventral setae. Dorsal cirri with a long ceratophore. Paleae slightly concave, broad, slightly enlarged under the pointed tip, with a row of teeth on each side. Ventral setae compound spinigerous, with a long striated shaft and a more or less long, slender, unidentate appendix.

Synonym (s)
Chrysopetalum ehlersi Gravier 1901

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Tamil Nadu, Pamban INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA (Record: 1953)
• Red Sea (Record: 1953)

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
  • 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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -

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