Abstract

Fifteen species belonging to seven genera are described, with pictorial and dichotomous keys to identification and notes on their distribution in other regions. All occur on or adjoining the shore, or on seaweeds cast ashore. Seven species are always attached to algae or Amphibolis. The predominant species are: near Sydney, Eulaeospira convexis, Pileolaria pseudomilitaris, Janua formosa and J. pseudocorrugata;near Adelaide (on cast weed), Metalaeospira tenuis and Janua steueri; and on Kangaroo Island, Romanchella quadricostalis, Janua pagenstecheri and (less commonly found) Protolaeospira canina and Protolaeospira triflabellis. Janua lamellosa, J. fenestrata and J. trifurcata seem scarcer, whilst only one specimen was found of the remarkable Amplaria spiculosa, which is now known from New Zealand.

Of these species, most of the opercular incubators are widespread in warm seas, but those which incubate in their tubes may be endemic and mostly belong to genera centred in the Southern Hemisphere, round which they may perhaps have been distributed by drifting kelp.

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Knight-Jones et al., 1974, Rec. Aust. Mus. 29(3): 106–151
Author
E. W. Knight-Jones; P. Knight-Jones; L. C. Llewellyn
Year
1974
Title
Spirorbinae (Polychaeta: Serpulidae) from southeastern Australia. Notes on their taxonomy, ecology, and distribution
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
29
Issue
3
Start Page
106
End Page
151
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.29.1974.230
Language
English
Date Published
01 May 1974
Cover Date
01 May 1974
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
POLYCHAETA; TAXONOMY
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Available Online
09 March 2009
Reference Number
230
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