WoRMS taxon details

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTelothelepus Day, 1955

325277 (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:325277)
accepted
Genus
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorTelothelepus capensis Day, 1955 (type by monotypy)
marine, brackish, fresh, terrestrial
recent only
Day, J. H. (1955). The Polychaeta of South Africa. Part 3. Sedentary species from Cape shores and estuaries. Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology. 42(287): 407-452., available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-3642.1955.tb02216.x
page(s): 440 [details]   
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEtymology Not stated. The generic name is composed by...  
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEtymology Not stated. The generic name is composed by the prefix of Greek origin telo-, meaning 'end', 'completion' or 'origin', followed by the name of the genus Thelepus Leuckart, 1849. It is unclear to which of the morphological features of the new genus the name refers to. [details]
Gil, J.; Fernández-Rodríguez, V.; Read, G. (2016). Telothelepus Day, 1955. In: Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (Ed.) (2017). World Polychaeta database. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=325277 on 2017-11-21

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2008-03-05 14:39:51Z
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2008-03-26 11:36:43Z
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2011-09-22 21:25:12Z
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2014-11-15 17:50:22Z
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2016-12-30 21:50:35Z
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original description Day, J. H. (1955). The Polychaeta of South Africa. Part 3. Sedentary species from Cape shores and estuaries. Journal of the Linnean Society of London, Zoology. 42(287): 407-452., available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1096-3642.1955.tb02216.x
page(s): 440 [details]   

additional source Fauchald, K. (1977). The polychaete worms, definitions and keys to the orders, families and genera. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: Los Angeles, CA (USA), Science Series. 28:1-188., available online at http://www.vliz.be/imisdocs/publications/123110.pdf [details]   
From editor or global species database
Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorDiagnosis Original diagnosis by Day (1955: 440): ''Branchiae as in Thelepus; no lateral lobes on anterior segments; no ventral pads; notosetae from segment 3 (2nd branchiferous) to end of thorax but absent from the abdomen; no uncini on the thorax but present on abdominal segments.''
So Day's original diagnosis did not mention the character now considered the most important for diagnosing a Telothelepus and possibly a member of 'Telothelepodidae'. This character is a large elongate upper tentacular lobe (cephalic lobe in Day) on the head. The lobe is 'frilly' edged and carries numerous tentacles (see Day 1967: 731 & fig on p 734). [details]

Checked: verified by a taxonomic editorEtymology Not stated. The generic name is composed by the prefix of Greek origin telo-, meaning 'end', 'completion' or 'origin', followed by the name of the genus Thelepus Leuckart, 1849. It is unclear to which of the morphological features of the new genus the name refers to. [details]