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Lattig P, G San Martín and D Martin (2007) Taxonomic and morphometric analyses of the Haplosyllis spongicola complex (Polychaeta: Syllidae: Syllinae) from Spanish seas, with re-description of the type species and descriptions of two new species. Scientia Marina 71(3): 551-570
World Polychaeta Database (WPolyD)
This is the first contribution to a worldwide taxonomic revision of the closely related genera Haplosyllis (the main goal is to describe species within the Haplosyllis spongicola complex) and Geminosyllis. The type species, Haplosyllis spongicola, is re-described based on the syntypes and other material collected from Spanish seas. A combined taxonomic and morphometric (i.e. PCA and discriminant analysis) approach was used to study species of the Haplosyllis spongicola complex from Spanish seas. Two of them are described here as new: Haplosyllis carmenbritoae n. sp. from the Canary Islands, and Geminosyllis granulosa n. sp. from Iberian and western Mediterranean waters, and which is attributed to Geminosyllis due to the presence of a pharyngeal trepan. The third species, which also belongs to Geminosyllis, is morphologically very close to, and morphometrically indistinguishable from, H. spongicola, except for the presence of the trepan. This casts serious doubts on the relevance of this structure for separating the two genera and thus prevents us from describing this last species as new.
Systematics, Taxonomy
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Haplosyllis Langerhans, 1879 (redescription)

Canary Islands. Known only from the type locality.  [details]


The specific epithet granulosa refers to the granulose look of the dorsal surface of the specimens, due to the ... [details]


The species is named in honor of Mari Carmen Brito, polychaetologist from the University of La Laguna (Tenerife, ... [details]


On calcareous concretions of Mesophyllum lichenoides and Litophyllum expansum, among rhizomes of Posidonia ... [details]


On coralline substrates associated with Dendrophyllia ramea (Linnaeus, 1758).  [details]

 Type locality

Western Mediterranean, Nerja, South Spain (geocoordinates not provided but estimated with gazetteer to be ... [details]

 Type locality

Canary Islands, eastern coast of Tenerife, off Tabaiba (geocoordinates not provided, but estimated with gazetteer ... [details]

 Type material

Three syntypes deposited at the Museum Przyrodnicze Universitetu Wroclawskiergo (MPW, Poland), with the reference ... [details]

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