WoRMS taxon details

Telothelepus Day, 1955

325277  (urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:325277)

accepted
Genus
Telothelepus 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]   
Etymology Not stated. The generic name is composed by the prefix of Greek origin telo-, meaning 'end', 'completion' or 'origin',...  
Etymology 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]
Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (Ed.) (2018). World Polychaeta database. Telothelepus Day, 1955. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=325277 on 2018-06-20
Date
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by
2008-03-05 14:39:51Z
created
2008-03-26 11:36:43Z
changed
2011-09-22 21:25:12Z
changed
2014-11-15 17:50:22Z
changed
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 Nogueira, João Miguel de Matos; Carrerette, Orlemir; Hutchings, Pat; Fitzhugh, Kirk. (2018). Systematic review of the species of the family Telothelepodidae Nogueira, Fitzhugh & Hutchings, 2013 (Annelida, Terebelliformia), with descriptions of three new species. Marine Biology Research. 1-41 [online before print, 19 Jan 2018]., available online at https://doi.org/10.1080/17451000.2017.1401729
page(s): 8 [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]   
 
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Diagnosis 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]

Etymology 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]