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
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.
8. Family Cirratulidae Ryckholdt, 1851. Including a Revision of the
Genera and Species from the Eastern North Pacific (by James A.
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
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