Not stated in the original description. The specific epithet galapagense is a Latin adjective meaning 'from Galápagos Islands', and refers clearly to the type locality of the species.
Blake, James A. (1986). A new species of <i>Boccardia</i> (Polychaeta: Spionidae) from the Galápagos Islands and a redescription of <i>Boccardia basilaria</i> Hartman from Southern California. <em>Bulletin of the Southern California Academy of Sciences.</em> 85(1): 16-21.available online athttps://biodiversitylibrary.org/page/34161624 Available for editors [request]