General Feature

   Body elongate with rectangular segments and white in colour. Neptyidae inhabit in sandy mud and burrow actively.

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Whole segment


   Prostomium is small and pentagonal in shape with 4 antennae.

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   Proboscis is large and muscular. It has papillae on the surface and a pair of internal jaws.

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Proboscis of Nephtyidae

Parapodia and Setae

   Parapodia are biramous with well developed rami and complex presetal and postsetal lobes.

   Setae are simple. Interrama cirri (branchiae) present.

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Denticulate setae






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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