Nereis (Neanthes) acuminata = Nereis (Neanthes) arenaceodonta....which is it?
tparker at lacsd.org
Tue Oct 15 16:46:21 EST 2002
Though Neanthes acuminata has been reported from the west coast, during
creation of the SCAMIT Taxonomic List (4th edition), taxonomists in Southern
California decided that our west coast records of Neanthes acuminata were
not likely the same as the taxa described by Ehlers in 1868. We listed the
name as "Neanthes acuminata CMPLX" to denote a possible species
complex. It is my understanding (from discussion with Dr. Reish) that
specimens from several locations were analyzed more recently for
chromosome number. Specimens previously identified as Neanthes
acuminata from California had a much different chromosome number than
specimens recorded as Neanthes acuminata from some east coast
samplings. It is possible that the specimens you have considered as N.
acuminata are not "acuminata".
I recall that Day 1973 discussed dropping the useage of "arenaceodentata"
and that Weiberg (1990) discussed genetic isolation in Nereid taxa.
bye for now
Marine Biology Laboratory
<tparker at lacsd.org>
From: Stan Bosarge [SMTP:Stan.Bosarge at TAI.STRAND.COM]
Sent: Tuesday, October 15, 2002 12:43 PM
To: annelida at net.bio.net
Subject: Nereis (Neanthes) acuminata = Nereis (Neanthes)
To anyone that can help,
I am trying to determine which is the correct name usage for the following
>From what I can find in the literature, they are all the same thing, but which is
the correct name. I checked the ITIS database, and they are all valid names
with the exception of Nereis arenaceodonta which according to ITIS is
Neanthes arenaceodonta. Can anyone help with this?
Taxonomy Lab Manager
<Stan.Bosarge at TAI.STRAND.COM>
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