Australian Museum Journal Spiophanes species (Polychaeta: Spionidae) from Eastern Australia—with descriptions of new species, new records and an emended generic diagnosis

Shortform:
Meissner and Hutchings, 2003, Rec. Aust. Mus. 55(2): 117–140
Author(s):
Meissner, Karin; Hutchings, Pat
Year published:
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
Digitized:
13 August 2003
Available online:
13 August 2003
Reference number:
1379
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (11kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (2748kb PDF)

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.