[Annelida] Light, 1978. Spionidae.

Geoff Read g.read at niwa.co.nz
Wed Jan 18 15:57:08 EST 2006

Scott Jones wrote:
> I was wondering if any of you out there use this book to tackle Spionids. More
> to the point, do you use it to ID them outside of the San Francisco Bay area?

Hello Scott,

It is difficult to answer your question usefully without knowing why you are 
asking. However taking it at face value and inferring a little here goes. I am 
confident Light 1978 is still used as a resource by people working on 
spionids, whether in California or not.  It is an interesting book. However, 
if you are identifying material from Florida (where you are, though you may be 
looking at material from somewhere else) it is unlikely to be your best 
primary guide. I do not know what that primary guide might be - perhaps there 
isn't one, but (if we are still in Florida) the polychaete checklists of 
Thomas Perkins would be a good start.  

If we are talking of oldish but good for around the southeastern USA - try 
Nancy Foster's work on Spionids. Also the 1984 set of vols 'Taxonomic guide to 
the polychaetes of the northern Gulf of Mexico' has a spionid chapt by 
Johnson. More recently the papers of Vivianne Solis-Weiss and her  colleagues 
might also be of relevance though offhand I am not sure if there is a spionid 
one for the Mexican G of M coast.

Foster, N.M. (1971). Spionidae (Polychaeta) of the Gulf of Mexico and the 
Caribbean Sea. Studies on the Fauna of Curacao and Other Caribbean Islands. 
36(129): 1-183.

For a good overview of spionids of course you know already of:

Blake, J.A. (1996). Family Spionidae Grube, 1850. Including a Review of the 
Genera and Species from California and a Revision of the Genus Polydora. In: 
Blake, J.A.; Hilbig, B.; Scott, P.H. (eds). Taxonomic Atlas of the Benthic 
Fauna of the Santa Maria Basin and Western Santa Barbara Channel. Volume 6. 
The Annelida Part 3. Polychaeta: Orbiniidae to Cossuridae, pp. 81–223. Santa 
Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara.


Geoffrey B. Read, Ph.D.    <g.read at niwa.co.nz> 
National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research
Wellington, NEW ZEALAND

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