, Volume 78, Issue 2, pp 129–131 | Cite as

Malformations in some polychaete annelids from Kuwait, Arabian Gulf

  • Murad-B. M. Mohammad


Anomalous individuals in five species of marine polychaetes are described. The anomalies fall into three structural types, viz, duplication, bifurcation and common variation. Included in the first are double ventral cirrus in Perinereis nuntia vallata and duplicate operculum in Hydroides homoceros. Bifid antenna in Lysidice collaris and forked anal papilla in Armandia leptocirris constitute the second type. The third includes supernumerary eyes in Arabella iricolor iricolor and variations in opercular crown in, again, Hydroides homoceros.


Kuwait Arabian Gulf Annelida Polychaeta teratology morphological variations 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Murad-B. M. Mohammad
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  1. 1.Department of Biology, College of ScienceBaghdad UniversityBaghdadIraq

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