Travisiopsis lobifera   Levinsen,  1885 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

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Size: Length 20-39 mm

The tip of the prostomium is short. The caruncle is an oval pad encircled by the nuchal organs, which are 2 elongated cushions projecting backwards. The anterior ends of the nuchal pads do not meet before the caruncle. On each side a large spoon shaped foliaceous cirrus present. One pair of like cirri on the first two segments; next lanceolate dorsal and ventral cirri provided with special sieve like cells. Feet with an aciculum and 2 acicular setae. Anal cirri short, broad, rounded or subrectangular, rather variable. Retort organ well marked.

Synonym (s)
Travisiopsis lobifera Dales & Peter, 1972
Travisiopsis lobifera Fauvel, 1932
Travisiopsis lobifera Fauvel, 1953
Travisiopsis lobifera Hartman, 1974
Travisiopsis lobifera Levinsen, 1885
Travisiopsis lobifera Peter, 1973

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

Habitat:  Pelagic, Estuarine


• Tamil Nadu, Parangipettai Coast (Lat: 11.48) (Long: 79.76) INDIA
• Arabian Sea
• Lakshadweep (Lat: 10.03) (Long: 73.66) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Porto Novo INDIA

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
  • 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
  • Conway, DVP; White, RG; Hugues-Dit-Ciles, J; Gallienne, CP and Robins, DB (2003) Guide to the coastal and surface zooplankton of the south western Indian Ocean Occasional publication no 15 Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom Occasional Publication of the Marine Biological association of the United Kingdom 354 pp Available at -
  • 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 -
  • Khan, AS and Murugesan, P (2005) Polychaete diversity in Indian estuaries Indian Journal of Marine Sciences National Institute of Science Communication And Information Resources, CSIR, New Delhi, India, in association with Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, INDIA 34(1) 114-119 Available at -
  • Srikrishnadhas, B; Murugesan, P and Khan, SA (1998) Polychaetes of Parangipettai coast Annamalai University, Parangipettai 110 pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Zooplankton taxa Fisheries and oceans Canada 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
  • James, PSBR ; Thomas, PA ; Pillai, CSG and Achari Kumaraswamy, GP (1969) ´╗┐Catalogue of types and of sponges, corals, polychaetes, crabs and echinoderms in the reference collections of the Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute Bulletin of Central Marine Research Institute CMFRI, Cochin 7 1-66 Available at -
  • Srikrishnadhas, B; Ramamoorthi, K and Balasubrahmanyan, K (1987) Polychaetes of Porto Novo waters Journal of the Marine Biological Association of India The marine biological association of India 29(1&2) 134-139 Available at - NIO, Goa

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