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Pleijel, Fredrik; Mackie, Andrew S.Y. (1993). Nereiphylla pusilla (Polychaeta, Phyllodocidae) rediscovered and redescribed from Sicily. Vie et Milieu. 43(2-3): 155-160.
Pleijel, Fredrik; Mackie, Andrew S.Y.
<i>Nereiphylla pusilla</i> (Polychaeta, Phyllodocidae) rediscovered and redescribed from Sicily
Vie et Milieu
43(2-3): 155-160.
World Polychaeta Database (WPolyDb)
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Nereiphylla pusilla (Claparède, 1870) is redescribed and a neotype designated from newly collected specimens from eastern Sicily. It is distinguished from other European members of the genus by the combination of small size at maturity (3-5 mm long), possession of large eggs (about 150 µm in diameter) and short swollen dorsal, ventral and pygidial cirri. The species is currently known only from the north-western Mediterranean, Phyllodoce nana Saint-Joseph, 1906 from Cannes being a junior synonym. Comparisons with other species of Nereiphylla are provided and N. mimica Eibye-Jacobsen, 1992 from Belize is considered the closest related species.
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Neotype NMW NMW.Z.1991.002.5, geounit Sicily, identified as Nereiphylla pusilla (Claparède, 1870)


No specimens found with more than 39 segments and 5.0 mm long. [details]


Mediterranean Sea: France; Italy (Gulf of Naples; Sicily); northern Africa. Atlantic Ocean: Canary Islands. [details]


Mainly on hard substrates (1-40 m), usually with encrusting organisms (e.g. bryozoans, sponges, ascidians, vermetid ... [details]


Mature specimens found in Sicily in May. Diameter of eggs about 150 µm, possibly indicating a lecitotrophic larval ... [details]


After the revision of type material Pleijel & Mackie (1993: 156, 159) suggested the synonymy of Phyllodoce nana ... [details]

 Type locality

Neotype designated from off Capo Campolato (NE of Brucoli), eastern Sicily, Italy, Mediterranean Sea (gazetteer ... [details]

 Type locality

Cannes, Côte d'Azur, France, Mediterranean Sea. Specimens were collected at three different points: 1) Pointe de ... [details]