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Polychaeta taxon details

Microspio Mesnil, 1896

129616  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:129616)

Mesospio Gravier, 1911 · unaccepted (subjective synonym)
Spio (Microspio) Mesnil, 1896 · unaccepted (superseded rank downgrade to subgenus)


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  1. Species Microspio ariena Maciolek & Blake, 2021
  2. Species Microspio atlantica (Langerhans, 1880)
  3. Species Microspio elegantula Blake, 1984
  4. Species Microspio fischeri Maciolek & Blake, 2021
  5. Species Microspio granulata Blake & Kudenov, 1978
  6. Species Microspio hartmanae Blake, 1983
  7. Species Microspio kussakini Chlebovitsch, 1959
  8. Species Microspio lydonia Maciolek & Blake, 2021
  9. Species Microspio maori Blake, 1984
  10. Species Microspio mecznikowiana (Claparède, 1869)
  11. Species Microspio microcera (Dorsey, 1977)
  12. Species Microspio minuta (Hartmann-Schröder, 1962)
  13. Species Microspio moorei (Gravier, 1911)
  14. Species Microspio multidentata Zhou, Ji & Li, 2009
  15. Species Microspio occipitalis Hartmann-Schröder, 1983
  16. Species Microspio paradoxa Blake, 1983
  17. Species Microspio pigmentata (Reish, 1959)
  18. Species Microspio profunda Maciolek, 1990
  19. Species Microspio rolasiana Augener, 1918
  20. Species Microspio spinosa Blake, 1996
  21. Species Microspio tetrabranchia Maciolek, 1990
  22. Species Microspio africana Rullier, 1964 accepted as Dispio africana (Rullier, 1964) (superseded original combination)
  23. Species Microspio arctica Söderström, 1920 accepted as Spio limicola Verrill, 1879 (subjective synonym)
  24. Species Microspio armata Thulin, 1957 accepted as Spio armata (Thulin, 1957) (superseded original combination)
  25. Species Microspio mecznikowianus (Claparède, 1869) accepted as Microspio mecznikowiana (Claparède, 1869) (incorrect gender ending for adjectival name)
  26. Species Microspio theeli Söderström, 1920 accepted as Spio theeli (Söderström, 1920) (superseded original combination)
  27. Species Microspio gracilis (Hartmann-Schröder, 1962) (uncertain > taxon inquirendum, incertae sedis, with chaetation not conforming with Microspio)
marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
recent only
Mesnil, F. (1896). Études de morphologie externe chez les Annélides. I. Les Spionidiens des côtes de la Manche. <em>Bulletin Scientifique de la France et de la Belgique.</em> 29: 110-287, plates VII-XV., available online at https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/10726590
page(s): 117, 119, 174-175 [details]  OpenAccess publication 
Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (Ed.) (2024). World Polychaeta Database. Microspio Mesnil, 1896. Accessed at: https://www.marinespecies.org/polychaeta/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=129616 on 2024-04-22
2004-12-21 15:54:05Z
2008-03-26 11:36:43Z
2019-04-01 14:43:16Z
2022-03-28 04:14:49Z

original description Mesnil, F. (1896). Études de morphologie externe chez les Annélides. I. Les Spionidiens des côtes de la Manche. <em>Bulletin Scientifique de la France et de la Belgique.</em> 29: 110-287, plates VII-XV., available online at https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/10726590
page(s): 117, 119, 174-175 [details]  OpenAccess publication 

original description  (of Mesospio Gravier, 1911) Gravier, C. (1911). Expédition Antarctique Française du "Pourquoi-Pas", dirigée par le Dr. J.-B. Charcot (1908-1910). Espèces nouvelles d'annélides polychètes. <em>Bulletin du Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.</em> 17(5): 310-316., available online at https://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/34198359
page(s): 313 [details]   

taxonomy source Maciolek, Nancy J.; Blake, James A. (2021). New species of Microspio Mesnil, 1896 (Annelida: Spionidae), with additions to the description of M. pigmentata (Reish, 1959) and comparative notes on all members of the genus. <em>Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington.</em> 134(1): 265-293., available online at https://doi.org/10.2988/0006-324x-134.1.265 [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

taxonomy source Holmquist, Charlotte. (1967). Marenzelleria wireni Augener - a polychaete found in fresh waters of northern Alaska - with taxonomical considerations on some related spionid worms. <em>Zeitschrift für zoologische Systematik und Evolutionsforschung.</em> 5(3): 298-313., available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1439-0469.1967.tb00907.x
page(s): 309; note: discussion of Microspio usages in the literature to that date [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

additional source Glasby, Christopher J.; Read, Geoffrey B.; Lee, Kenneth E.; Blakemore, R.J.; Fraser, P.M.; Pinder, A.M.; Erséus, C.; Moser, W.E.; Burreson, E.M.; Govedich, F.R.; Davies, R.W.; Dawson, E.W. (2009). Phylum Annelida: bristleworms, earthworms, leeches. <em>[Book chapter].</em> Chapt 17, pp. 312-358. in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. Canterbury University Press, Christchurch.
note: checklist record for New Zealand [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

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 http://www.vliz.be/imisdocs/publications/123110.pdf [details]   

additional source Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS). , available online at http://www.itis.gov [details]   

additional source Bellan, G. (2001). Polychaeta, <i>in</i>: Costello, M.J. <i>et al.</i> (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. <em>Collection Patrimoines Naturels.</em> 50: 214-231. (look up in IMIS)
note: checklist only [details]   

additional source Brunel, P., L. Bosse & G. Lamarche. (1998). Catalogue of the marine invertebrates of the estuary and Gulf of St. Lawrence. <em>Canadian Special Publication of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 126.</em> 405 pp. (look up in IMIS[details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

identification resource Fonseca-González, Idalyd; Londoño-Mesa, Mario H.; Delgado-Blas, Víctor H. (2022). Redescription of Microspio moorei (Gravier, 1911) (Annelida: Spionidae) with inclusion of a taxonomic key for all the species of the genus. <em>Zootaxa.</em> 5120(3): 334-344., available online at https://mapress.com/zt/article/view/zootaxa.5120.3.2 [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

subsequent type designation Söderström, Adolf. (1920). Studien über die Polychätenfamilie Spionidae. <em>[published thesis].</em> Uppsala University, printed Almquist and Wicksells, 286 pp.
page(s): 247-248 [details]   
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Type designation Type species Spio mecznikowianus Claparede 1870 by subsequent designation. Mesnil created Microspio for the existing names Spio mecznikowianus and Spio atlanticus Langerhans, 1880. Söderström (1920: 248) named the type species as Spio mecznikowianus, perhaps because he included the junior name Spio atlanticus as a synonym of Microspio mecznikowianus. However, Microspio atlantica is regarded as a valid name currently (eg Fonseca-Gonzalez et al, 2022: 342), since Hannerz (1956) re-validated it. Maciolek & Blake (2021: 273) give more of the history [details]