Parasphaerosyllis indica   Monro,  1937 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: Length 8-11 mm by 0.5 mm.

Body slender and thread-like. Head broader than long, with two pairs of eyes, arranged in a trapezium. Palps fused at the base only. Pharynx with an anterior tooth. Proventriculus short. Tentacles and the first 15 dorsal cirri moniliform, with about 15 articles. 2 pairs of tentacular cirri. From the 16th setigerous segment to the end of the stock large bulbous fusiform cirri, with a small terminal knob, alternate with slender monoliform cirri. The setae are slender, with a straight end-piece, faintly bidentate at the tip. The beginning of the stolon is marked by 2 pairs of eyes. There is no color.

Synonym (s)
Parasphaerosyllis indica Amoureux, 1983
Parasphaerosyllis indica Amoureux et al., 1978
Parasphaerosyllis indica Ben-Eliahu, 1977
Parasphaerosyllis indica Ben-Eliahu & Safriel, 1982
Parasphaerosyllis indica Fauvel, 1953
Parasphaerosyllis indica Fauvel, 1955
Parasphaerosyllis indica Hartman, 1959
Parasphaerosyllis indica Hartman, 1974
Parasphaerosyllis indica Hartmann- Schroder, 1960
Parasphaerosyllis indica Storch, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Habitat:  Demersal, Sandy


• Arabian Sea
• Red Sea
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnet Bay (Lat: 6.75) (Long: 93.63) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Great Nicobar, Bonnet Bay (Lat: 7.25) (Long: 93.93) 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Rao, GC (1988) Meiofauna of the intertidal sediments on Great Nicobar Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 4 (2) 89-100 Available at - NIO, Goa

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