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[Annelida] Polychaete keys for British Columbia specimens

Geoff Read via annelida%40net.bio.net (by Geoffrey.Read from niwa.co.nz)
Fri Apr 12 22:55:57 EST 2013


In the case of the sternaspids, a very recent revision (Sendall & Salazar-Vallejo, 2013) updates on Mary's treatment of Sternaspis in the Atlas.  I mention this because one species of those taken out of synonymy, Sternaspis affinis, has a neotype locality in the Straits of Georgia.


I haven't yet added all the taxa to WoRMS, but S. affinis is there.


From: annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu [annelida-bounces from oat.bio.indiana.edu] on behalf of James Blake [jablake9 from gmail.com]
Sent: 13 April 2013 09:41
To: Renald Belley
Cc: Annelida from magpie.bio.indiana.edu
Subject: Re: [Annelida] Polychaete keys for British Columbia specimens

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 families.

Jim Blake

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