Scyphoproctus djiboutiensis   Gravier,  1906 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 25mm. by 0.6mm.

Color: Yellowish brown.

Prostomium short, conical, eyeless. The first two segments achaetous. Capillary setae long and slender. Dorsal and ventral abdominal tori without processes. The anal funnel is a cup like plate, the walls of which are stiffened with bundles of acicular setae. It is provided with two long finger-shaped cirri.

Synonym (s)
Scyphoproctus djiboutiensis Gravier, 1904
Scyphoproctus djiboutiensis Gravier, 1905
Scyphoproctus djiboutiensis Gravier, 1906
Scyphoproctus djiboutiensis Hartman, 1959
Scyphoproctus djiboutiensis Hartman, 1974

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

Habitat:  Benthic, Demersal, Coastal


• Kerala, Ashtamudi Lake INDIA (Depth: 1 mts)
• Kerala, Kochi Backwaters INDIA
• Kerala, Beypore Estuary INDIA
• Gujarat, Auranga Estuary INDIA
• Gujarat, Narmada Estuary INDIA
• Gulf of Aden
• Kerala, Kayamkulam INDIA
• Karnataka, Mangalore INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Kasargod INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Kannur INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Calicut INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Ponnani INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Kerala, Alleppey INDIA (Depth: 5-15 mts)
• Tamil Nadu, Gulf of Mannar INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Krusadai Island INDIA
• Goa, Mandovi and Zuari Estuary INDIA
• Karnataka, Kali Estuary INDIA
• West Coast, Mulki Estuary INDIA
• Kerala, Korapuzha Estuary 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 -
  • 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 -
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at -
  • Ambika, MD and Pillai, NG (1990) Effect of pollution due to coconut hush retting on the species diversity of benthic communities of Cochin backwaters Indian Journal of Fisheries CMFRI 37(2) 145-149 Available at -
  • Sealifebase Available at -
  • Nandan, BS (2007) Faunal Biodiversity of selected Wetland Ecosystems of Kerala Kerala Environment Congress 2007 Centre for Environment and Development, Kerala, India 106-126pp Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Devi, KS; Sheba, P; Balasubramanian, T; Venugopal, P and Sankaranarayanan, VN (1996) Benthic fauna of southwest and southeast coasts of India The Fourth Indian Fisheries Forum Proceedings, Kochi, Kerala Asian Fisheries Society, Indian Branch, Mangalore 9-12 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

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