Diopatra marocensis, a new brooding species of Onuphidae (Annelida: Polychaeta)

Hannelore Paxton, Jean Paul Lechapt

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A new species, Diopatra marocensis, is described from the fine sand Abra alba community, Sidi Boulbra, south Moroccan Atlantic coast. The new species is a member of the D. cuprea complex and is characterized by having crescentic nuchal grooves, short ceratophores, a short branchiate region, four pairs of modified parapodia with bidentate pseudocompound hooks, pectinate setae with 11-20 teeth, limbate setae with conspicuously serrated shelf, and subacicular hooks from setiger 13-15. Eggs of Diopatra marocensis sp. nov. are deposited in the parental tube, where they undergo direct development and remain until the young consist of 32-34 setigers. Printed in Great Britain.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)949-955
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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