Abstract

Like so many other serpulid genera, Ditrupa has a history of taxonomic confusion, even to the extent that the worm tubes have been included in the Mollusca by some workers. In recent publications, most authors follow Fauvel (e.g. 1953) and recognise a single species, Ditrupa arietina O.F. Müller, 1776, worldwide, despite the fact that descriptions of this species were based on European and Atlantic material. A re-examination of type specimens and study of a broad range of samples from the Indo-Pacific now justifies the recognition of a separate species, Ditrupa gracillima Grube, 1878, from this region. It shows extreme variation, at least partly related to depth: from 100 m downwards an ecophenotype prevails, previously described as D. arietina var. monilifera.

 
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Short Form
Hove and Smith, 1990, Rec. Aust. Mus. 42(1): 101–118
Author
H. A. ten Hove; Richard S. Smith
Year
1990
Title
A re-description of Ditrupa gracillima Grube, 1878 (Polychaeta, Serpulidae) from the Indo-Pacific, with a discussion of the genus
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
42
Issue
1
Start Page
101
End Page
118
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.42.1990.108
Language
English
Date Published
23 March 1990
Cover Date
23 March 1990
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
POLYCHAETA; TAXONOMY
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24 November 2008
Available Online
18 December 2008
Reference Number
108
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