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Day, John H. (1953). The polychaet fauna of South Africa. Part 2. Errant species from Cape shores and estuaries. Annals of the Natal Museum. 12(3): 397-441.
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Day, John H.
1953
The polychaet fauna of South Africa. Part 2. Errant species from Cape shores and estuaries
Annals of the Natal Museum
12(3): 397-441
Publication
World Polychaeta Database (WPolyD). Digitisation was online at journal but is currently (2017) absent
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[From introduction:]
The first part of this series (Day, 1951) dealt with the estuarine and intertidal fauna of Mosambique and Natal. The present paper deals with the Cape and South-West Arica from" The Haven" just south of the Natal border, around the Cape, to Luderitzbucht in South-West Africa. No dredged records are included as the infratidal fauna will be described later. Only new records of errant forms are given, as a complete list of all the records would be too long to give here; the final paper will include not only intertidal forms, but also species dredged from all depths down to three hundred fathoms. There are, however, quite sufficient records to show the kind of distribution which occurs. A comparison of present records with those given in Part 1 for Mosambique and Natal will show that many of the tropical Indo-pacific species do not reach the Cape coasts; only a diminishing few persist as far south as Cape Agulhas. The Cape fauna includes many cosmopolitan species, but there are also a large number of endemics which extend right round the Cape to South-West Africa; others are restricted either to the warmer southern shores or to the colder coast between Cape Point and Walvis Bay. Further discussion of distribution must be reserved until the dredged fauna has been described.
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Holotype NHMUK, geounit South Africa, identified as Spermosyllis capensis Day, 1953
Holotype USNM 17400, geounit Southern California, identified as Syllis (Ehlersia) heterochaeta Moore, 1909
Holotype NHMUK 1953.11.16.9, geounit South Africa, identified as Myrianida pulchella Day, 1953
Paratype NHMUK 1961.16.12, geounit South Africa, identified as Myrianida pulchella Day, 1953
Holotype NHMUK 1961.16.14-15, geounit South Africa, identified as Pionosyllis magnidens Day, 1953
Syntype NHMUK 1961.16.9-11, geounit Cape Agulhas, identified as Sphaerosyllis hystrix capensis Day, 1953
 Depth range

Intertidal.  [details]

 Depth range

Intertidal.  [details]

 Depth range

Intertidal.  [details]

 Depth range

Intertidal.  [details]

 Distribution

South Africa: Western Cape (St. James, False Bay; Cape Agulhas); KwaZulu-Natal (Durban Bay).  [details]

 Distribution

Southeast Atlantic Ocean: South Africa (Lambert's Bay and Cape).  [details]

 Distribution

Southeast Atlantic Ocean: South Africa (Langebaan Lagoon). Known from a single specimen collected at the type locality.  [details]

 Distribution

Southeast Atlantic Ocean: South Africa (Western Cape Province).  [details]

 Etymology

The specific epithet pulchella is the feminine of the Latin adjective pulchellus, meaning 'pretty', and refers ... [details]

 Etymology

The specific epithet magnidens is derived from the Latin combining form magni-, meaning 'large or 'great', and the ... [details]

 Etymology

The specific epithet capensis refers to the Western Cape Province (South Africa), where is located Langebaan ... [details]

 Etymology

The subspecific epithet capensis refers to the Western Cape Province (South Africa), where is located Cape Agulhas, ... [details]

 Habitat

Intertidal. Type of sediment not stated in original description.  [details]

 Habitat

From algae in tidal pools.  [details]

 Habitat

Intertidal. Type of sediment not stated in original description.  [details]

 Habitat

Intertidal shelly sand.  [details]

 Spelling

Day (1953) original description uses the alternative Nephthys genus spelling [details]

 Taxonomic remark

The genus Spermosyllis Claparède, 1864 is a subjective junior synonym of Exogone Örsted, 1845. The available ... [details]

 Type locality

Southeast Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, False Bay, St. James (geocoordinates not provided, estimated with gazetteer ... [details]

 Type locality

Southeast Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, Lambert's Bay (geocoordinates not provided, estimated with gazetteer to be ... [details]

 Type locality

Southeast Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, Langebaan Lagoon (geocoordinates not provided, estimated with gazetteer to ... [details]

 Type locality

Southeast Atlantic Ocean, South Africa, Cape Agulhas (geocoordinates not provided, estimated with gazetteer to be ... [details]

 Type material

Day (1953; 1967) clearly stated that the type specimen was from St. James (Day, 1953: 422), and the type locality "St. ... [details]