This is getting to be an interesting debate. Yes, Hartman did cut corners
and did describe a lot of new species with somewhat less than adequate
control. I found it prudent to check the type specimens of any species
she wrote up after 1965 and, like others, found they did not quite match
the descriptions, especially when checking the type-series.
There is also one key in her 1969 Atlas of the Sedentaria with this
"Large worms, over 15 mm long..................................
Short worms, less than 15 mm long .............................
I don't have it here right now but I believe it referred to
The bottom line is: don't take Hartman's descriptions too
literally. We still don't understand and still don't have enough
documentation on how most polychaetes grow and change as they mature. In
time, we will undoubtedly determine that some "species" are juveniles or
immatures of other species, and we will be able to document and
illustrate the variation within species due to environmental and other
factors (eg: the influence of salinity on setal structure in some
nereids.) There's a lot of work still to be done.
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