Opisthosyllis brunnea   Langerhans,  1879 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 40 mm by 1 mm

Palps elongated. Pharynx extending through about 11 segments, with an anterior crown of papillae and at its back parts, a large conical tooth inserted on a kind of round bulb. Proventriculus from the 17th to the 28th setigerous segment. Dorsal cirri with 30-50 articles. Ventral cirri finger shaped. Parapodia without papillae. The shaft of the setae is much swollen distally and bears a simple appendix, gradually shortening posteriorly, and unidentate. On the last segments a simple seta and 3-4 large acicula. Stolon with long, slender, swimming setae.

Synonym (s)
Opisthosyllis brunnea Amoureux, 1983
Opisthosyllis brunnea Amoureux et al., 1978
Opisthosyllis brunnea Amoureux et al., 1980
Opisthosyllis brunnea Ben-Eliahu, 1977
Opisthosyllis brunnea Ben-Eliahu & Safriel, 1982
Opisthosyllis brunnea San Martin, 1984

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal


• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island 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
  • 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 - http://www.senckenberg.de/files/content/forschung/abteilung/aquazool/mev2/wehe_&_fiege.pdf
  • 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 - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Sealifebase Available at - http://www.sealifebase.org/
  • 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 - http://eprints.cmfri.org.in/567/1/Bulletin_7.pdf

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