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[Annelida] Amphitrite johnstoni in the Mediterranean/Adriatic

Barbara Mikac via annelida%40net.bio.net (by Barbara.Mikac from irb.hr)
Tue Apr 2 14:40:31 EST 2013

Dear colleagues,

I need help concerning the distribution of the Amphitrite johnstoni  
Malmgren, 1865 in The Adriatic Sea. The species was reported few times  
for the Southern Adriatic by (no description, just listed):  
Požar-Domac, 1983; 1994; Giangrande (pers. comm.).

I am wandering how likely it is that the reported species is really A.  
johnstoni, since on World Polychaeta Database I see that it is  
distributed in the Northern Atlantic and the North sea?


Do you have some advice?

Couple of times I run into information that A. johnstoni is the  
synonym of Neoamphitrite figulus (Dalyell, 1853), the species known  
also from the Mediterranean. But I don't think that is correct, since  
according to World Polychaeta Database those are two different species.

Many thanks for your help,


Barbara Mikac, PhD
Higher research assistant
Center for Marine Research
Ruđer Bošković Institute
Giordana Paliaga 5
52210 Rovinj
e-mail: barbara.mikac from cim.irb.hr

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Istituto per l’Ambiente Marino Costiero
Laboratorio di Ecologia Marina
Via G. da Verrazzano 17
91014 Castellammare del Golfo (TP)

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