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A New Genus and 12 New Species of Eunicidae (Polychaeta) from the Caribbean Sea

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 May 2009

Luis F. Parra-Carrera
Departmento Ecologia Acuática, ECOSUR-Chetumal, Apartado Postal 424, Chetumal, Quintana Roo 77000, Mexico
Sergio I. Salazar-Vallejo
Departmento Ecologia Acuática, ECOSUR-Chetumal, Apartado Postal 424, Chetumal, Quintana Roo 77000, Mexico


A new genus is established in Eunicidae: Fauchaldius gen. nov., a symbiont of hexactinellid sponges that has only subacicular hooks, with F. cyrtauloni sp. nov. as its type species. Nine new species are described in Eunice: E. hernandezi sp. nov., E. ibarzabalae sp. nov., E. mikeli sp. nov. and E. nonatoi sp. nov. all belonging to the fuscusbidentate group; E. edwinlinkae sp. nov., E. hartmanae sp. nov., E. lanai sp. nov., and E. miurai sp. nov. all belonging to the flavus-tridentate group; and E. donathi sp. nov. that belongs to the fuscus-unidentate group. Further, two new species are described in Marphysa: M. angeli sp. nov. that is grouped with species having only composite falcigers, and M. orensanzi sp. nov. that belongs to the group with composite falcigers and composite spinigers. A key to identify genera in Eunicidae is included. A key to identify species of Eunice is appended.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 1998

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