Zanol, J.; Da Silva, T. D. S. C.; Hutchings, P. (2016). Marphysa
(Eunicidae, polychaete, Annelida) species of the Sanguinea group from Australia, with comments on pseudo-cryptic species. Invertebrate Biology. 135(4): 328-344.
World Polychaeta Database (WPolyDb). Online 7 November 2016, but no ZooBank registration.
The genus Marphysa is widely collected for bait by recreational fishermen in Australia, and yet the number of species remains unresolved. A new species is described together with additional information on a previously described species. This study reveals that while species of Marphysa superficially resemble one another, detailed studies on the distribution of different types of chaetae along the body, together with molecular studies, uncover species which may co-occur. Correct identification is critical for management of these largely intertidal species. This study also highlights the increasing awareness of the presence of pseudo-cryptic species in polychaetes.