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[Annelida] Polychaete keys for British Columbia specimens

James Blake via annelida%40net.bio.net (by jablake9 from gmail.com)
Fri Apr 12 16:41:30 EST 2013

Dear Rénald

We have been processing benthic samples collected from the vicinity of
Prince Rupert, BC and have found that the Banse-Hobson keys are of limited
use and have fallen back on primary literature for most families. A number
of new species have been identified and several species new to the region.
For your samples in 100-300 m, I suggest you check out our Taxonomic Atlas
of the Santa Maria Basin and Western Santa Barbara Channel series which is
focused on an offshore, continental shelf fauna. Given that many of the
taxa are slmilar from Pt. Conception to Alaska in shelf depths, the four
polychaete volumes should be useful for some families. Apart from that, you
will probably have to assemble considerable primary literature on selected

Jim Blake

On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 1:37 PM, Renald Belley <renald.belley from mun.ca> wrote:

> Dear Annelidians,
> I'm actually identifying polychaete specimens from Saanich Inlet and the
> Strait of Georgia in British Columbia, Canada. My specimens come from
> between 100m and 300m depth. I'm mostly using the Banse and Hobson (1974)
> and Hobson & Banse (1981) keys but I'm looking for suggestions to improve
> our identifying book and paper collection for that region. Is there any
> book or paper that you deem essential to identify NE Pacific polychaetes?
> Many thanks,
> Rénald
> --
> Rénald Belley
> PhD Candidate in Biology
> Ocean Sciences Centre
> Memorial University of Newfoundland
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> St. John's, NL, Canada
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James A. Blake, Ph.D.
Marine & Coastal Center
AECOM Environment, NE Region
89 Water Street
Woods Hole, Massachusetts 02543
Tel: 508-457-7900; CELL: 508-277-2760
E-Mail: James.Blake from aecom.com and
jablake9 from gmail.com
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