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[Annelida] Polychaete keys for British Columbia specimens

James Blake via annelida%40net.bio.net (by jablake9 from gmail.com)
Sat Apr 13 09:01:29 EST 2013


We have found *Sternaspis affinis* to be a very abundant species in our BC
samples. We have a full range of specimens from the very smallest juveniles
retained on a 0.5 mm sieve to very large adults. The species was identified
using Kelly Sendall's MS thesis (2006) available on line at the University
of Victoria which reviewed all available type materials of the genus. It is
good to see this effort in print. I have not had time to compare the BC
specimens with our California collections, but the shelf materials are
lilkely the same species given the water mass similarity along the
northeastern Pacific; the deep-water continental slope materials are likely
a different species.

Jim Blake





On Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 11:55 PM, Geoff Read <Geoffrey.Read from niwa.co.nz>wrote:

>  Hi,
>
> 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.
>
> http://www.marinespecies.org/polychaeta/aphia.php?p=sourcedetails&id=167231
>
> I haven't yet added all the taxa to WoRMS, but S. affinis is there.
>
> Geoff
>
>
>  ------------------------------
> *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>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
>>
>> --
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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
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