species: Malacoceros indicus in Lizard Island area: all known taxa (Lizard Island Field Guide)
Malacoceros indicus

©Alexander Semenov: Malacoceros indicus from Lizard Island (lab photo, head is at right, palps removed).
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Annelida
Class Polychaeta
Family Spionidae
Genus Malacoceros
Species Malacoceros indicus



Distinguishing features

Distinguishing features still need to be specified.


  • From 2.7 cm to 4.1 cm (Length of specimens collected in 2013 Polychaete Workshop)



©Atlas of Living Australia: Australian distribution

Local abundance

  • Lizard Island: The 2013 Polychaete Workshop found numerous specimens of this widespread species in shallow sandy areas.

Web resources


  • Ben-Eliahu, M.N., P.A. Hutchings and C.J. Glasby (1984). Ceratonereis lizardensis n. sp. (Polychaeta: Nereididae) and Malacoceros indicus (Spionidae) from a mangrove habitat at Lizard Island, North Queensland, "Proceedings of the First International Polychaete conference, Sydney". Ed.Hutchings, P.. The Linnean Society of New South Wales, Sydney: 91-97. LIRS catalog number 710.
  • Dauer, D.M. and R.M. Ewing (1991). Functional morphology and feeding behaviour of Malacoceros indicus (Polychaeta: Spionidae), Bulletin of Marine Science, 48(2): 395-400. LIRS catalog number 713.
  • Meißner, K. and M. Götting (2015). Spionidae (Annelida: 'Polychaeta': Canalipalpata) from Lizard Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia: the genera Malacoceros, Scolelepis, Spio, Microspio, and Spiophanes, Zootaxa, 4019 (1): 378-413. LIRS catalog number 1923.