Sabellastarte indica   (Savigny,  1818) (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Class: Polychaeta

Size: 90-120 mm.

Body large, stout, dark. About 8 thoracic segments with dorsal capillary setae, all similar with a narrow wing, and ventral avicular uncini, pickaxe shaped setae absent. Abdominal ventral setae with a broader wing. Colla well developed, with two dorsal lobes and a ventral lobe ending in two processes. Gill filaments numerous and densely crowded, eyeless, and without dorsal stylodes. It differs from Sabella chiefly in the absence of pickaxe shaped bristles in the ventral thoracic tori and by its very numerous and thickly crowded gill filaments, which look as though set in two concentric rows in contracted specimens. Tube membranous, coated with fine mud.

Synonym (s)
Eurato sancti-josephi Gravier, 1906
Eurato sancti-josephi Gravier, 1906
Eurato sancti-josephi Gravier, 1908
Eurato sancti-josephi Hartman, 1959
Sabella indica Savigny, 1822
Sabellastarte indica Amoureux, 1983
Sabellastarte indica Amoureux et al., 1978
Sabellastarte indica Fauvel, 1919
Sabellastarte indica Fauvel, 1933
Sabellastarte indica Fauvel, 1933
Sabellastarte indica Fauvel, 1955
Sabellastarte indica Fauvel, 1957
Sabellastarte indica Fauvel, 1958
Sabellastarte indica Fishelson, 1971
Sabellastarte indica Fishelson & Rullier, 1969
Sabellastarte indica Hartman, 1959

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats



• Tamil Nadu, Chennai (Lat: 13.09) (Long: 80.29) INDIA
• Tamil Nadu, Chennai Coast INDIA
• Myanmar, Akyab MYANMAR
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Andaman Islands 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 -
  • Hussain, SM Brief report on biodiversity in the coastal areas of Pakistan p 113
  • A guide to Singapore Polychaetes 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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