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On usage in Annelida. There are numerous early mentions of Scolopendra annelids. Ashworth (1912: 1) explains that "Aristotle recorded in his " Historia Animalium " the occurrence of marine scolopendrae, similar to their terrestrial congeners but somewhat smaller, redder in colour, and having a larger number of more slender feet. He stated that these animals are to be found in the neighbourhood of rocks, and that they do not occur in very deep water. The animals referred to were probably nereidiform worms. Aristotle also mentioned helminthes or intestinal worms. Pedacius Dioscorides described the use in medicine of Scolopendra marina, earthworms and leeches." [...] "Molyneux gave figures of the external characters and " an account of a not yet described Scolopendra marina," evidently an Aphrodite; Ellis described and figured tubicolous worms, and Peysonnel published "Observations upon the Sea Scolopendra," in which he described the external features and the action of the pharynx of a nereidiform worm." [p.5] "The first edition of Linnaeus' "Systema Naturae" (1735) marks no advance on previous knowledge as regards worms ; the only marine worm mentioned therein is Scolopendra marina, which is placed in the class Insecta." Ashworth notes that in the Gmelin edition of Systema Naturae there is "removal of the species Scolopendra marina from the Insecta, and its reduction to a synonym under Nereis versicolor and noctiluca"
Ashworth, J.H. (1912). Catalogue of the Chaetopoda in the British Museum. A. Polychaeta: Part 1. Arenicolidae. London, British Museum of Natural History.
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