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Musco, Luigi; Giangrande, Adriana. (2005). A new sponge-associated species, Syllis mayeri n. sp. (Polychaeta: Syllidae), with a discussion on the status of S. armillaris (Müller, 1776). Scientia Marina. 69(4): 467-474.
Musco, Luigi; Giangrande, Adriana
A new sponge-associated species, <i>Syllis mayeri</i> n. sp. (Polychaeta: Syllidae), with a discussion on the status of <i>S. armillaris</i> (Müller, 1776)
Scientia Marina
69(4): 467-474
Kristian Fauchald's Polychaeta DB
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In the framework of a study carried out along the Belizean coasts, a new species of syllid, Syllis mayeri n. sp., was found harboured by the sponge Ircinia strobilina. The description of this new taxon is given, and compared to other similar congeneric species and to some Mediterranean material from the southern Italian coast ascribed to S. armillaris. The new species is characterized by some stout compound chaetae with ypsiloid appearance, whose probable use for attaching to the host is hypothesized. Other diagnostic features are antennae, tentacular cirri and dorsal cirri of the anterior portion of the body that are longer than in similar, compared species. Moreover, the mid-body dorsal cirri are typically spindle-shaped. A discussion on the status of some sponge-associated taxa from tropical and subtropical seas attributed to the so-called cosmopolitan S. armillaris is also given.
Caribbean region
Tropical West Atlantic
Systematics, Taxonomy
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Holotype MNCN 16.1/10263, geounit Belizean part of the Caribbean Sea, identified as Syllis mayeri Musco & Giangrande, 2005

Species found inside the canals of the sponge Ircinia strobilina (Lamarck, 1816). [details]

 Depth range

Sublittoral, at 15 m. [details]


Belize, Barrie Bow Cay.  [details]


The species is dedicated to the late Alexander M.H. Mayer, artist and friend of the authors.  [details]


Found inside the canals of the sponge Ircinia strobilina (Lamarck, 1816), collected at 15 m.  [details]


Holotype deposited at the MNCNM, catalogue number 16.01/10263.  [details]

 Type locality

Caribbean Sea, Belize, Carrie Bow Cay (geocoordinates not provided but estimated with gazetteer to be approximately ... [details]