Nereis - nomenclature

judy A Fournier 110275.1004 at compuserve.com
Mon Feb 9 20:06:57 EST 1998


Dr. Hartmann-Schroeder's response is typical of the opinion of those who
look at the keys and the literature but misses the point.  A careful
examination of the type specimens of these three genera will show that
they differ significantly in the structure of the parapodia, particularly
the presence and form of the pre-, post, and acicular lamellae found in
Neanthes.  These differences far outweigh the differences in setae and
paragnaths.

I agree with with Kirk that substantial revision of the Nereididae is
overdue.  We must take a long, careful look at these worms to determine
their true relationships.  Based on the structure of parapodial lamellae,
Neanthes is quite removed from Nereis.

Judith A. Fournier
<110275.1004 at compuserve.com>

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