Thanks Geoff & Charlene,
It is the validity of these synonymies, O.cluthensis & O.remanei, that we
are investigating and as the descriptions are vague, reviewing type material
should help resolve the identity of our specimens (or eliminate a couple of
We have intertidal specimens from S.E. England with the following basic
body formula 11a+8b+5a
ventral furrow from s8 or s9
single large ventral anal papilla - clearly bifurcate
10 small rounded anal papillae
Firstly reviewing the British list of potential species broadly matching
these characters, we have eliminated O.laubieri (no branchiae) and O.rathkei
(single large ventral anal papilla, figured in Hartmann-Schroder).
Therefore, we are starting with an investigation into synonyms, before
exploring any likely species introductions.
Geoff Read-3 wrote:
>> Hi Charlene,
>> You are absolutely correct on the true origin of these synonymies. Thank
>> Chassé, C.; Picard, J. 1968. Identification, variabilité et ëcologie
> d'Ophelia rathkei McIntosh, espèce nouvelle pour les côtes Françaises.
> Cahiers de Biologie Marine 9: 133-142 Summary: The authors indicate
> the presence of an annelid polychete (family Opheliidae) long about 1 cm
> (-1/3 inch), in the sands of Roscoff (Brittany). The amplitude of
> variations concerning its morphological characters allows us to identify
> it with Ophelia rathkei McIntosh 1908 as well as with Ophelia remani [sic]
> Augener 1939 and Ophelia cluthensis McGuire 1935 which are known from the
> British Isles and from Germany; these polychetes form thus one single
> species (with 8 to 10 pairs of gills), living in well oxygenized,
> homometrical fine sands (median from 200 to 300) of neap-tide oscillation
> zone. Sands with this Ophelia finds intermittend [sic] between Ophelia
> bicornis (sands in the upper part) and those containing Travesia forbesi
> and Ophelia neglecta populations (in the lower part).
>> And "remani" is a misspelling introduced in the English and German
> summaries of this article (correctly "remanei" elsewhere in the body).
>> Supported also in this note:
> Wolff, W. J. 1969. A New Station of Ophelia rathkei McIntosh in Northern
> France. Cahiers de Biologie Marine 10: 83-84
>> Augener's types are in several European museums, but maybe Hamburg would
> be the place to look in this case?
>> [intended for the list]
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: Charlene [mailto:cdlong from thebuffumgroup.com]
>> Sent: Thursday, 23 February 2012 10:46 a.m.
>> To: Geoff Read
>> Subject: RE: [Annelida] Ophelia remanei type location
>>>> ...I have just joined this group so I may be repeating what you already
>> know, but here goes. ...I checked volumes 2 & 3 of the
>> www.bibliographyofpolychaeta.org (BoP), and it indicates that Chasse, C.
>> (1968, pp. 133-42) made Ophelia remani [is this our typo for remanei?] a
>> syn. Of O. rathkei McIntosh. Perhaps Chasse mentioned the location of
>> types. ...I have a dim memory that someone published on the location of
>> Augener's types but that didn't seem to make it into the BoP, either
>> my memory fails me, we missed it or because it was published after I was
>> accumulating polychaete literature. ...Apparently Kristian (2011) didn't
>> mention anything about the location of the type?
>>>> Good luck, Charlene D. Long
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu>> [mailto:annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu] On Behalf Of Geoff Read
>> Sent: Wednesday, February 22, 2012 3:59 PM
>> To: D Hall; annelida from magpie.bio.indiana.edu>> Subject: RE: [Annelida] Ophelia remanei
>>>> I have a related question. Hartmann-Schröder (1971 book) apparently
>> synonymised both O. remanei and O. cluthensis into O. rathkei. These
>> synonymy assertions are not implemented in WoRMS. I would guess little or
>> explanation was given in 1971 (I have only the 1996 book at hand). Are
>> these synonymies regarded as likely correct, or supported by other works?
>>>> > -----Original Message-----
>> > From: annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu [mailto:annelida-
>> > bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu] On Behalf Of D Hall
>> > Sent: Thursday, 23 February 2012 6:41 a.m.
>> > To: annelida from magpie.bio.indiana.edu>> > Subject: [Annelida] Ophelia remanei
>> > Dear all,
>> > I'm looking for the location of the type material for Ophelia remanei
>> > Augener 1939, can anyone point me in the right direction?
>> > Regards,
>> > Dave.
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