General Feature

   Goniadidae look similar to Glyceridae. The major difference between them is the morphology of the pharynx.

   Goniadidae have papillae on the proboscis located with a pair of macrognaths and micrognaths. A longitudinal row of V-shaped chevrons appears at the base of the proboscis.

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Whole segment


   Prostomium is conical in shape, 4 antennae present.

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Parapodia and Setae

   Anterior part of parapodia is uniramous, and posterior part is biramous.

   Notosetae are simple, neurosetae are compound.

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Anterior parapodia uniramous  

Posterior parapodia


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Amphinomidae Dorvilleidae Eunicidae Glyceridae Goniadidae Hesionidae Lumbrineridae Nephytidae Nereidae Onuphidae Phyllodocidae Pilargiidae Polynoidae Sigalionidae

Developed by: P. L. Chan     Last modified: 4 April,00