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Magelona mirabilis

Kristian Fauchald FAUCHALD.KRISTIAN at nmnh.si.edu
Mon Mar 16 08:24:39 EST 1998

The simple answer is No and then No.

The promised description of Magelona mirabilis never appeared: 
Meredith Jones got preoccupied with the Vestimentiferans and did a
marvelous job describing their anatomy and morphology aided and
abetted by Steve Gardiner.

And no, you cannot assume that any description of M. papillicornis from
England/Europe is likely to be correct.  The only way to clear up this mess
is to get some material from the type locality of Maea mirabilis and
redescribe it (and look for the type, of course; it should be in London at
this point).  

I am quite convinced that Meredith Jones was correct in his analysis of the
magelonids, but unfortunately it was never completed.


Kristian Fauchald


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