Nereis diversicolor or Hediste diversicolor

Roger Bamber rnb at nhm.ac.uk
Wed Oct 10 15:57:28 EST 2001


To quote from Chambers S J & Garwood P R, 1992 (Polychaetes from 
Scottish Waters, Part 3. Family Nereidae. National Museums of Scotland, 
65pp.), "Hediste is separated from other genera [of Nereidae] with conical 
paragnaths by the presence of simple chaetae (or fused falcigers) in 
posterior neuropodia. However, such simple chaetae occur in isolated 
species in various genera throughout the Nereinae, and their phylogenetic 
significance is, therefore, unclear. The genus Hediste is not, therefore, 
considered valid."  

Absolutely right.

Roger

At 21:57 09/10/01 +0100, you wrote:

>What is the current name for Nereis diversicolor or is it Hediste
>diversicolor?  Could you supply a reference for my own records.

Dr Roger Bamber
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