Nothria and Anchinothria (Annelida:Onuphidae) from eastern Australian waters, with a discussion of ontogenetic variation of diagnostic character:Onuphidae) from eastern Australian waters, with a discussion of ontogenetic variation of diagnostic characters

Nataliya Budaeva*, Hannelore Paxton

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    Abstract

    Nothria and Anchinothria, two sister genera of onuphid worms were studied from eastern Australian waters. Nothria abyssia, with a wide distribution in Pacific and Antarctic waters is reported from slope depths south-east of Australia, while N. otsuchiensis, described from Japanese waters, was found along the eastern coast of Australia from shallow subtidal to deep slope areas. Anchinothria parvula sp. nov. is described, based on the presence of uni- and bidentate pseudocompound falcigers in the first three pairs of parapodia, absence of branchiae and appearance of limbate chaetae from chaetiger 2, subacicular hooks from chaetigers 6-8 and pectinate chaetae from chaetiger 14. The new species represents the first record of the genus in Australian waters. Ontogenetic variation of chaetal composition and morphology of parapodia was estimated in two Nothria species examined. Three size-related morphotypes with different chaetal composition and morphology of anterior falcigers were revealed in N. abyssia and N. otsuchiensis. The number of chaetigers with pseudocompound falcigers is the only character independent of size of the specimens in both examined species. Distribution of subacicular hooks and postchaetal lobes is shown to be size-dependent. The following characters are considered of diagnostic value only when scored in adults: presence/absence of simple falcigers in anterior parapodia; chaetiger of origin of limbate chaetae, pectinate chaetae, and subacicular hooks; and number of chaetigers with auricular prechaetal lobes and digitiform postchaetal lobes. The use of adult specimens with the final set of definitive morphological structures for diagnoses of Nothria species is suggested.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1481-1502
    Number of pages22
    JournalJournal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
    Volume93
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 2013

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