Note on additional diagnostic characters for Marphysa sanguinea (Montagu, 1813) (Annelida: Eunicida: Eunicidae), a recently introduced species in the Netherlands

P. Hutchings, C.J. Glasby, S. Wijnhoven

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    Abstract

    Recently specimens of the polychaete Marphysa sanguinea (Montagu, 1813) (Annelida: Eunicida: Eunicidae) were reported as an introduction to the Eastern Scheldt in southwestern Netherlands. In order to confirm the species identity, material was examined with SEM and compared with material from Devon near the type locality in Cornwall, UK. These studies confirmed that this was a new record of M. sanguinea, which can be distinguished from other Marphysa species by the pattern of the distribution of pectinate chaetae in posterior parapodia. This new record extends the known distribution of the species based on verified records, eastward along the English Channel. As the specimens from the Netherlands show additional variation, the species description of M. sanguinea is expanded, which will facilitate future identifications of this species and comparison with other members of the genus.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)277-282
    JournalAquatic Invasions
    Volume7
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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