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Alciopini Ehlers, 1864

932  (

marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
recent only
Ehlers, E. H. (1864). Die Borstenwürmer (Annelida Chaetopoda) nach systematischen und anatomischen Untersuchungen dargestellt. , available online at
page(s): 176; note: As "Alciopea" [details]   
Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (Ed.) (2021). World Polychaeta Database. Alciopini Ehlers, 1864. Accessed through: Nozères, C., Kennedy, M.K. (Eds.) (2021) Canadian Register of Marine Species at: on 2023-04-02
Nozères, C., Kennedy, M.K. (Eds.) (2023). Canadian Register of Marine Species. Alciopini Ehlers, 1864. Accessed at: on 2023-04-02
2004-12-21 15:54:05Z
2008-03-26 11:36:43Z
2020-06-27 23:26:41Z

original description Ehlers, E. H. (1864). Die Borstenwürmer (Annelida Chaetopoda) nach systematischen und anatomischen Untersuchungen dargestellt. , available online at
page(s): 176; note: As "Alciopea" [details]   

taxonomy source San Martín, Guillermo; Álvarez-Campos, Patricia; Kondo, Yusuke; Núñez, Jorge; Fernández-Álamo, María Ana; Pleijel, Fredrik; Goetz, Freya E.; Nygren, Arne; Osborn, Karen. (2021 (online 2020)). New symbiotic association in marine annelids: ectoparasites of comb jellies. <em>Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society.</em> 191(3): 672-694., available online at
note: Treated as tribe 'Alciopini', part of Phyllodocidae [details]  Available for editors  PDF available 

additional source Fauchald, K. (1977). The polychaete worms, definitions and keys to the orders, families and genera. <em>Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: Los Angeles, CA (USA), Science Series.</em> 28:1-188., available online at [details]   

status source Rouse, G. W.; Pleijel, F. (2001). Polychaetes. <em>Oxford University Press: Oxford, UK [etc.]. ISBN 0-19-850608-2.</em> 354 pp. (look up in IMIS)
page(s): 132, 135; note: Treated as tribe 'Alciopini', part of Eteoninae sensu Pleijel (1991) in Phyllodocidae [details]   

status source Rouse, G.W. and Pleijel, Fredrik 2003. Problems in polychaete systematics. Hydrobiologia 496: 175-189., available online at
page(s): 185; note: Treated as tribe 'Alciopini', part of Phyllodocidae [details]   

identification resource Rozbaczylo, Nicolás; Moreno, Rodrigo A.; Díaz-Díaz, Oscar; Vásquez-Yáñez, Pamela. (2020). Poliquetos holoplanctónicos en Chile. <em>Boletín del Instituto Oceanográfico de Venezuela.</em> 59(1): 140-190.
note: Geographic review [details]  Available for editors  PDF available 
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Classification Alciopa (type genus) and related holoplanktonic genera are thought to be part of Phyllodocidae, currently at tribe rank as Alciopini, although for many decades treated as Alciopidae, and independent of, but related to, family Phyllodocidae. For example there is an Alciopidae chapter in Parapar et al (2018, Fauna Iberica).
Ehlers (1894:176) named Alciopidae (as Alciopea) for Alciopa & Liocapa (he also misspelled them as Alciope & Liocape). Family Alciopidae is formally treated as a synonym of Phyllodocidae in Rouse & Pleijel (2001) "since it obviously forms part of that taxon", and the group of taxa is referred to as the tribe 'Alciopini', which Rouse & Pleijel included in the Eteoninae (as "we believe that Alciopini is part of Eteoninae"). Rouse & Pleijel (2003: 185) gave further comment but stated "the matter is complicated by ... uncertainties in the topology of the Phyllodocidae tree ...". A molecular study appearing to support the phyllodocid placement (Struck & Halanych, 2010) was found to have erroneous data, but a re-analysis confirmed Alciopina and Torrea at least (neither is type genus of the alciopids) as nested in Phyllodocidae (Nygren & Pleijel, 2010). A molecular analysis by Leiva et al (2018) placed unnamed Alciopina and Torrea species grouped with Eumida and Sige species (Eteoninae). A molecular analysis by San Martin et al (2020) placed Alciopina, Torrea, & Vanadis species, and their new genus Ctenophoricola, grouped with Eumida and Sige.  [details]
Japanese ウキゴカイ科  [details]
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