[Annelida] Aricidea assimilis, A. fauveli and A. mutabilis

Barwick, Kelvin via annelida%40net.bio.net (by kbarwick from OCSD.COM)
Fri Sep 17 11:44:31 EST 2010

Dr. Mikac,

Here is another take on your question based on the species list maintained by the Southern California Association of the Marine Invertebrate Taxonomists (SCAMIT, 2008):

A. assimilis appears to still be a valid species as describe by Tebble (1959)

A. fauveli is a junior synonym of Aricidea (Acmira) lopezi Berkeley and Berkeley, 1956.  See Strelzov, 1973 for a discussion of this.

I do not have any additional information on A. mutabilis.  To my knowledge it has not been reported in the Southern California Bight.

SCAMIT, 2008 (A Taxonomic Listing Macro- and Megainvertebrates from Infuanal and Epibenthic Monitoring Programs in the Southern California Bight, Edition 5) can be found at SCAMIT.org.

Kelvin Barwick
Orange County Sanitation District
10844  Ellis Avenue
Fountain Valley,  CA  92708

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Subject: [Annelida] Aricidea assimilis, A. fauveli and A. mutabilis

Dear colleagues,

I'm trying to solve the confusion with the synonymy of the species
Aricidea assimilis Tebble, 1959 and Aricidea fauveli Hartman, 1957. 

I taught that A. assimilis is a valid species, whose synonym (now
unaccepted) is A. mutabilis Laubier & Ramos, 1974.

In WoRMS and ERMS (MarBEF) I came to the information that A. assimilis
is unaccepted and that it is the synonym of the species Aricidea


In WoRMS there is also the information that Aricidea mutabilis Laubier &
Ramos, 1974 is accepted species.


So if I understood well, A. fauveli is accepted taxa. It's synonym is A.
assimilis. But what's with A. mutabilis then? Is it a synonym of A.
fauveli as well or is it a valid species?

Thanks for your help,


Barbara Mikac
Center for Marine Research
Rudjer Boskovic Institute
G. Paliaga 5
52210 Rovinj

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