Metachromadora clavata   Gerlach,  1967 (Marine Worm)
Organism information awaits expert curation
Taxonomy
Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Nematoda
Class: Adenophorea
Order:Desmodorida
Family:Desmodoridae

Description
Size: Length 1.0 – 1.2 mm. Tail 1.5 anal diameters long.

Cuticle finely striated. Lips distinct. Labial setae minute. Cephalic setae about 5 µm or 0.3 head diameter long. Numerous short somatic setae present. Amphid 10 µm or 0.6 head diameter wide with 2 spirals. Buccal cavity 20 µm deep. Oesophagus highly muscular and ends posteriorly in a cylindrical bulb with 2 transverse septa. Tail conical. Caudal gland 3-celled. Spicule in male is about 30 µm or 1.0 anal diameter long. Gubernaculum with pointed distal end and 15 µm long. Button-like preanal papillae occur on the ventro-median surface.


Synonym (s)
Metachromadora clavata Gerlach, 1967

Common Name (s)
Economic Importance and Threats

Ecology
Habitat:  Reef Associated, Estuarine, Rocky, Sandy, Muddy, Coastal

Biogeography


• Lakshadweep, Amini INDIA (Record: 28/01/1987)
• Lakshadweep, Chettalatt INDIA (Record: 29/01/1987)
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.36) (Long: 92.53) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island (Lat: 11.61) (Long: 92.71) INDIA
• Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Rutland Island INDIA

Literature Source(s)
  • (2002) Lakshadweep Islands biodiversity strategy and action plan (Version: 3)
  • Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data (2009) World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) Available at - http://www.marinespecies.org
  • Rao, GC (1991) Meiofauna State fauna series 2: Fauna of Lakshadweep ZSI, Calcutta 41-135 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1987) Meiofauna of the Marine National Park, South Andaman Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 3(2) 88-97 Available at - NIO, Goa
  • Rao, GC (1989) On some free living marine nematodes of the Bay Islands Journal of the Andaman Science Association Andaman Science Association, Port Blair 5(1) 1-22 Available at - NIO, Goa

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