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Fauvel, Pierre. (1932). Annelida Polychaeta of the Indian Museum, Calcutta. Memoirs of the Indian Museum. 12(1): 1-262, plates I-IX.
Fauvel, Pierre
Annelida Polychaeta of the Indian Museum, Calcutta
Memoirs of the Indian Museum
12(1): 1-262, plates I-IX
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The collection of Polychaetes of the Indian Museum, Calcutta, is a very extensive one, including upwards of three hundred species belonging to thirty different families. Indeed, with the exception of a few small groups, nearly all the families of Polychaetes are represented. The bulk of the collection consists of the material collected by the R.I.M.S. "Investigator", but a very large number of specimens was obtained by the officers of the Zoological Survey in the Gangetic Delta, in the Cochin Backwaters, Krusadai, Pamban, and other localities on the coasts of India; and from other parts of the Indian Ocean.
The coastal fauna as might be expected is generally much richer in species than the deep-sea fauna, for the conditions of life in inshore waters are much more varied and are influenced by many more factors than those on the still bottom of the ocean.
In brackish waters, modified and often very peculiar forms are plentiful. Out of thirty species collected in the Chilka Lake, the Cochin Backwaters and the Gangetic Delta, and described by Southern (1921), three genera and twenty-seven species were found to be new to science. In the collections of the Indian Museum I was lucky to find again and examine most of the species described by Southern. Taléh-Sap, or the Inland Sea of Singgora, a lake connected with the Gulf of Siam, though far remote from the Chilka Lake, which lies partly in Bihar and Orissa and partly in the Madras Presidency, presents a number of analogous conditions as regards variations of salinity. Its fauna was partially investigated by Annandale. The Polychaetes collected from this locality consisted of the following species already found by Southern in the brackish waters of India: Nereis glandicincta Southern, Nephthys oligobranchia Southern, Nephthys polybranchia Southern, Heteromastus similis Southern, Barantolla sculpta Southern and Ficopomatus macrodon Southern. The collection also yielded three new species: Nereis talehsapensis, Brada talehsapensis and the very singular Talehsapia annandalei which so far I have not succeeded in referring to any known family.
South-east Asia
Systematics, Taxonomy
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Amphicteis posterobranchiata Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Aricia cuvieri persica Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Orbinia cuvierii persica (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Aricia exarmata Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Orbinia exarmata (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Asychis gangeticus Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Sabaco gangeticus (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Brada talehsapensis Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Branchiocapitella Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Capitella Blainville, 1828 (original description)
Branchiocapitella singularis Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Capitella singularis (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Disoma orissae Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Trochochaeta orissae (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Ditrupa arietina monilifera Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Ditrupa gracillima Grube, 1878 (original description)
Eteone barantollae Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Hypereteone barantollae (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Eunice investigatoris Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Eunoe pallida (Ehlers, 1908) (additional source)
Gattyana deludens Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Gaudichaudius cimex (Quatrefages, 1866) (original description)
Glycera cirrata Grube, 1857 accepted as Glycera americana Leidy, 1855 (additional source)
Glycera longipinnis Grube, 1878 (additional source)
Glycera manorae Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Glycera cinnamomea Grube, 1874 (original description)
Glycera prashadi Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Glycera cinnamomea Grube, 1874 (original description)
Glycera sagittariae McIntosh, 1885 (original description)
Glycera sagittariae Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Glycera tesselata Grube, 1863 (original description)
Goniada (Goniadopsis) incerta Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Goniadopsis longicirrata (Arwidsson, 1899) (original description)
Lepidasthenia maculata stricta Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Loimia medusa annulifilis (Grube, 1872) accepted as Loimia annulifilis (Grube, 1872) (new combination reference)
Lumbriconereis notocirrata Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Ninoe notocirrata (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Lumbriconereis pseudobifilaris Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Lumbrineris pseudobifilaris Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Melinna aberrans Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Nereis (Ceratonereis) flagellipes Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Ceratonereis (Composetia) flagellipes (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Nereis chingrighattensis Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Neanthes chingrighattensis (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Nereis indica Kinberg, 1865 accepted as Neanthes indica (Kinberg, 1865) (additional source)
Nereis talehsapensis Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Onuphis investigatoris Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Kinbergonuphis investigatoris (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Paramphinome indica Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Pectinaria (Lagis) abranchiata Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Lagis abranchiata (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Perinereis aibuhitensis (Grube, 1878) (new combination reference)
Perinereis cultrifera floridana (Ehlers, 1868) accepted as Perinereis floridana (Ehlers, 1868) (basis of record)
Perinereis marjorii Southern, 1921 accepted as Perinereis nigropunctata (Horst, 1889) (source of synonymy)
Perinereis nigropunctata (Horst, 1889) (new combination reference)
Pista herpini Fauvel, 1928 (additional source)
Pista macrolobata Hessle, 1917 (additional source)
Pista pachybranchiata Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Podarke angustifrons (Grube, 1878) accepted as Oxydromus angustifrons (Grube, 1878) (additional source)
Potamonereis tokashikiensis (Sato, 2020) (additional source)
Pseudeurythoe Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Linopherus Quatrefages, 1866 (original description)
Pseudeurythoe microcephala Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Linopherus microcephala (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Pseudeurythoe paucibranchiata Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Linopherus paucibranchiata (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Sabellaria pectinata intermedia Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Sabellaria pectinata Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Scoloplos latus (Chamberlin, 1919) accepted as Leodamas latum (Chamberlin, 1919) (new combination reference)
Stylarioides bengalensis Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Pherusa bengalensis (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Stylarioides bifidus Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Piromis bifidus (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Talehsapia Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Hermundura Müller, 1858 (original description)
Talehsapia annandalei Fauvel, 1932 accepted as Hermundura annandalei (Fauvel, 1932) (original description)
Travisia arborifera Fauvel, 1932 (original description)
Bay of Bengal for Pista fasciata (Grube, 1869) 
Bay of Bengal for Pista fasciata (Grube, 1869) 
Bay of Bengal for Pista fasciata (Grube, 1869) 
Persian Gulf for Pista herpini Fauvel, 1928 
Tor for Pista macrolobata Hessle, 1917 


Original diagnosis by Fauvel (1932: 197): "Thorax with seven setigerous segments, bearing dorsal and ventral ... [details]


Java Sea: southern Bangka Strait (Indonesia). Indian Ocean: Galle (Sri Lanka, Laccadive Sea); Visakhapatnam (= ... [details]


Indian Ocean: Gulf of Mannar (Pamban and Krusadai islands); Persian Gulf. Pacific Ocean: Gorgona Island (Colombia). [details]


The name Talehsapia refers to 'Taléh-Sap' (= Thale Sap Songkhla, or Songkhla Lake, Thailand, Malay Peninsula, Gulf ... [details]


Not stated, but the the species is clearly named in honour of the collector of the type material, Thomas Nelson ... [details]


Fauvel (1932, 1953) included a number of somewhat similar species as synonyms or varieties of P. cultrifera. These ... [details]


Specimens identified by Fauvel as Nereis (Ceratonereis) microcephala [NOT Grube, 1878] recorded from Songkhla ... [details]