Drilonereis major   Crossland,  1924 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 200-450 mm. by 3 mm.

Body large, up to 430 mm. Prostomium flat, almost semi-circular in outline, peculiarly ridged on dorsal surface. No sense organs of any kind . Setae all simple, the long capillaries slender, but slightly bent and not distinctly bordered. A very large blunt acicular bristle. Jaws of normal type. No teeth on bases of mandibles. Accessory plate of supports triangular, generally more or less equilateral. Rudiments of labrum usually absent, sometimes conspicuous.

Synonym (s)
Drilonereis major Crossland, 1923
Drilonereis major Fauvel, 1932
Drilonereis major Hartman, 1959
Drilonereis major Hartman, 1974

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Red Sea
• Bay of Bengal

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
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • 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

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