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Note on additional diagnostic characters for Marphysa sanguinea (Montagu, 1813) (Annelida: Eunicida: Eunicidae), a recently introduced species in the Netherlands

Hutchings, P. and Glasby, C.J. and Wijnhoven, S. (2012) Note on additional diagnostic characters for Marphysa sanguinea (Montagu, 1813) (Annelida: Eunicida: Eunicidae), a recently introduced species in the Netherlands. Aquatic Invasions, 7, 277-282. ISSN 1798-6540.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.3391/ai.2012.7.2.014

Abstract

Recently specimens of the polychaete Marphysa sanguinea (Montagu, 1813) (Annelida: Eunicida: Eunicidae) were reported as an introduction to the Eastern Scheldt in southwestern Netherlands. In order to confirm the species identity, material was examined with SEM and compared with material from Devon near the type locality in Cornwall, UK. These studies confirmed that this was a new record of M. sanguinea, which can be distinguished from other Marphysa species by the pattern of the distribution of pectinate chaetae in posterior parapodia. This new record extends the known distribution of the species based on verified records, eastward along the English Channel. As the specimens from the Netherlands show additional variation, the species description of M. sanguinea is expanded, which will facilitate future identifications of this species and comparison with other members of the genus.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:9982
Deposited On:29 Nov 2011 01:00
Last Modified:22 Aug 2013 11:54

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