The “Spaghetti Project”: the final identification guide to European Terebellidae (sensu lato) (Annelida, Terebelliformia)

Nicolas LAVESQUE, Pat HUTCHINGS, Mario H. LONDOÑO-MESA, João M.M. NOGUEIRA, Guillemine DAFFE, Arne NYGREN, Hugues BLANCHET, Paulo BONIFÁCIO, Caroline BROUDIN, Jean-Claude DAUVIN, Gabin DROUAL, Benoit GOUILLIEUX, Jacques GRALL, Benjamin GUYONNET , Céline HOUBIN, Suzie HUMBERT, Anne-Laure JANSON, Jérôme JOURDE, Céline LABRUNE, Bastien LAMARQUE, Lise LATRY, Vincent LE GARREC, Corine PELAPRAT, Jean-Philippe PEZY, Pierre-Guy SAURIAU & Xavier DE MONTAUDOUIN

en European Journal of Taxonomy 782 (108) - Pages 108-156

Published on 14 December 2021

This paper is the conclusion of the “Spaghetti Project” aiming to revise French species of Terebellidae sensu lato (s.l.) belonging to the five families: Polycirridae, Telothelepodidae, Terebellidae sensu stricto (s.s.), Thelepodidae and Trichobranchidae. During this project, 41 species were observed, 31 of them new for science: eight species of Polycirridae, eleven species of Terebellidae s.s., three species of Thelepodidae and nine species of Trichobranchidae. We provide a comprehensive key for all European species of terebellids with a focus on the important diagnostic characters for each family. Finally, we discuss issues on taxonomy, biodiversity and cryptic and pseudo-cryptic species of polychaetes in European waters, based on results obtained during this project.


Taxonomy, terebellids, spaghetti worms, cryptic species, identification key

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