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Taxonomic Atlas Vol. 6

JAMES ALAN BLAKE jablake at ix.netcom.com
Thu Jul 11 16:39:18 EST 1996

Dear Annelid enthusiasts and friends, 

I am pleased to announce the publication of Volume 6 of the "Taxonomic 
Atlas of the Benthic Fauna of the Santa Maria Basin and Western Santa 
Barbara Channel." 

Volume 6 is the third of four planned volumes on the Annelida.

The full citation for the volume is:

Blake, J.A., B.  Hilbig, and P.H. Scott (editors).  1996.  The Annelida 
Part 3. Polychaeta: Orbiniidae to Cossuridae.  Taxonomic Atlas of the 
Benthic Fauna of the Santa Maria Basin and Western Santa Barbara 
Channel, Vol.  6.  Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa 
Barbara California.  vii + 418 pp. including Appendices and index.

The chapter sequence and authorship is as follows:

1.  Family Orbiniidae Hartman, 1942 (by James A.  Blake): 1-26
2.  Family Paraonidae Cerruti, 1909 (by James A.  Blake): 27-70.
3.  Family Apistobranchidae Mesnil and Caullery, 1898 (by James A.      
        Blake) : 71-79.
4.  Family Spionidae Grube, 1850.  Including a Review of the Genera and 
         Species from California and a Revision of the Genus Polydora   
       (by James A.  Blake): 81-223.
5.  Family Poecilochaetidae Hannerz, 1956 (by James A.  Blake):         
6.  Family Chaetopteridae Malmgren, 1867 (by James A.  Blake): 233-251.
7.  Family Magelonidae Cunningham and Ramage, 1888 (by James A.         
         Blake): 253-261.
8.  Family Cirratulidae Ryckholdt, 1851.  Including a Revision of the   
        Genera and Species from the Eastern North Pacific (by James A.  
        Blake): 263-384.
9.  Family Cossuridae Day, 1963 (by Brigitte Hilbig): 385-404.

Abstract: Volume 6, the third annelid volume, includes nine of the 
so-called "Sedentary" polychaete families: Orbiniidae, Paraonidae, 
Apistobranchidae, Spionidae, Poecilochaetidae, Chaetopteridae, 
Magelonidae, Cirratulidae, and Cossuridae.  A total of 43 genera and 
143 species are included of which 29 species are new to science and 
another is renamed.  In addition, numerous species are redescribed and 
illustrated.  Seven species of Orbiniidae are treated along with a 
discusion of possible taxonomic problems with the concept of the 
subfamily Protoariciinae.  Nineteen species of Paraonidae includes a 
new species of Aricidea;  A. lopezi  rubra is elevated to full species 
status.  A single species of the Apistobranchidae, Apistobranchus 
ornatus is redescribed.  The taxonomic history of the family reveals 
several erroneous concepts have been perpetuated.  A key is presented 
to all known species of Apistobranchus.  The chapter on Spionidae 
includes a major review of the family from California with a key to
genera and known species.  A total of 53 species are described  
including 7 new to science.  The genus Pygospiopsis and its relatives 
are reviewed, and partially revised, with a new species described.  The 
holotype of Morants duplex, long an enigma, was discovered at the 
Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard and determined to be the senior 
synonym of Spiophanes missionensis.  The genus Polydora is divided into 
two genera: Polydora Bosc, and Dipolydora Verrill.  All known species 
of these two genera are tabulated, with keys and diagnoses presented 
for all California species.   Known species of Chaetopteridae (6) and
Magelonidae (3) are treated.  The chapter on the Cirratulidae 
represents a revision of all known genera and species from the eastern 
North Pacific.  A total of 47 species are treated in 10 genera.  Twenty 
 species are new to science and another is newly named.  All previously 
described species are reviewed and mostly redescribed from type 
materials.  Among 6 species of Cossura, one is new to science.

The price for Volume 6 is $39 + Postage ($4 U.S) ($7 Non U.S.). Credit 
card orders will be accepted.

For ordering information, please contact Dr. Paul Scott:

Department of Invertebrate Zoology
Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History
2559 Puesta del Sol Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA
FAX: (805) 569-3170
e-mail: phscott at rain.org

On behalf of the editors and authors of the Atlas, I would like to 
thank everyone for the tremendous response to this series.  Several of 
the previously published volumes, including the two previous annelid 
volumes, are now completely sold out.  These will be reprinted this 
summer. Other recently issued volumes include Gastropods, amphipods, 
and bryozoans.  Additional crustacean volumes, echinoderms and 
miscellaneous groups, cnidarians, and the rest of the molluscs will be 
issued soon.  The final annelid volume will be ready by the end of the 

Jim Blake
<jablake at ix.netcom.com>

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