Abstract

The Spiophanes fauna from Eastern Australia is described, and includes 5 new species (S. modestus, S. viriosus, S. prestigium, S. pisinnus, S. dubitalis) and 1 new record (S. japonicum Imajima, 1991). The generic diagnosis of Spiophanes is revised based on type and non-type material of all species in the genus, and a critical evaluation is also given of the characters previously used to distinguish Spiophanes species. A new diagnostic character, the appearance of gland openings exhibiting a chaetal spreader on the anterior chaetigers of the middle body region, is described. Spiophanes japonicum is removed from synonymy with S. berkeleyorum Pettibone, 1962. Spiophanes urceolata Imajima, 1991, is synonymized with S. wigleyi Pettibone, 1962. A key to all Spiophanes species known from Eastern Australia is given.

 
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Meissner and Hutchings, 2003, Rec. Aust. Mus. 55(2): 117–140
Author
Karin Meissner; Pat Hutchings
Year
2003
Title
Spiophanes species (Polychaeta: Spionidae) from Eastern Australia—with descriptions of new species, new records and an emended generic diagnosis
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
55
Issue
2
Start Page
117
End Page
140
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.55.2003.1379
Language
English
Date Published
13 August 2003
Cover Date
13 August 2003
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Subjects
POLYCHAETA; TAXONOMY
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13 August 2003
Available Online
13 August 2003
Reference Number
1379
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