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Fauchald, K. (1992). A review of the genus Eunice (Eunicidae: Polychaeta) based upon type material. Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology. 523: 1-422.
10.5479/si.00810282.523 [view]
Fauchald, K.
A review of the genus <i>Eunice</i> (Eunicidae: Polychaeta) based upon type material
Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology
523: 1-422
World Polychaeta Database (WPolyDb)
The genus Eunice has been widely reported in all kinds of marine environment. A total of 286 names have been applied to taxa originally described in, or subsequently referred to, the genus. All such taxa published prior to 1985 have been accounted for below. Of these, some or all types of about 175 are available and are described below. Twenty-five species are incompletely known; types are missing and original descriptions (or subsequent descriptions of types) are insufficient to relate these species to the rest. The descriptions of these species have been briefly summarized. A key to species includes nearly all species for which types were available. Species considered incompletely known are excluded from the key, but are included when possible in a set of tables comparing similar species. Forty-seven named taxa are indeterminable. Twenty-two have been referred to other genera, including some new combinations. In some cases the type lot included two species; some of these types could be referred to other, known species; however, four species are described as new. Seven species have been given new names for nomenclatural reasons. Attempts to group the 206 reasonably well-characterized species into supra-specific taxa using cladistic techniques did not lead to interpretable results. The reasons might include the very large number of species compared to the number of characters. A detailed analysis of the characters has been started using freshly collected material in an attempt to expand the number of characters and measure the variability of currently used characters. Similar reviews are planned for the remaining eunicean genera.
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Eriphyle Kinberg, 1865 accepted as Eunice Cuvier, 1817 (status source)
Eriphyle capensis Kinberg, 1865 accepted as Eunice kinbergi Ehlers, 1868 (additional source)
Eunice (Eunice) afra punctata Peters, 1854 accepted as Eunice petersi Fauchald, 1992 (status source)
Eunice (Nicidion) gracilis (Crossland, 1904) accepted as Eunice wasinensis Fauchald, 1992 (status source)
Eunice aciculata (Treadwell, 1922) (redescription)
Eunice aedificatrix Monro, 1933 accepted as Leodice aedificatrix (Monro, 1933) (redescription)
Eunice aequabilis Grube, 1878 accepted as Leodice aequabilis (Grube, 1878) (redescription)
Eunice afra Peters, 1854 (redescription)
Eunice afra Peters, 1854 (source of synonymy)
Eunice afuerensis Hartman, 1944 accepted as Leodice afuerensis (Hartman, 1944) (redescription)
Eunice amphiheliae Marion in Filhol, 1885 (redescription)
Eunice anceps Pruvot in Fauvel, 1930 accepted as Eunice pruvoti Fauchald, 1992 (source of synonymy)
Eunice annulicornis Johnston, 1865 accepted as Leodice annulicornis (Johnston, 1865) (redescription)
Eunice antennata (Savigny in Lamarck, 1818) accepted as Leodice antennata Savigny in Lamarck, 1818 (source of synonymy)
Eunice antennata aedificatrix Monro, 1933 accepted as Eunice aedificatrix Monro, 1933 accepted as Leodice aedificatrix (Monro, 1933) (status source)
Eunice antillensis Ehlers, 1887 accepted as Leodice antillensis (Ehlers, 1887) (basis of record)
Eunice aphroditois djiboutiensis Gravier, 1900 accepted as Eunice djiboutiensis Gravier, 1900 (source of synonymy)
Eunice aphroditois punctata Fishelson & Rullier, 1969 accepted as Eunice rullieri Fauchald, 1992 (source of synonymy)
Eunice arcturi (Treadwell, 1928) (basis of record)
Eunice argentinensis (Treadwell, 1929) (basis of record)
Eunice armillata (Treadwell, 1922) (source of synonymy)
Eunice attenuata Grube, 1866 (status source)
Eunice aucklandica Averincev, 1972 (redescription)
Eunice auriculata Treadwell, 1900 accepted as Euniphysa auriculata (Treadwell, 1900) (new combination reference)
Eunice balfouriana (McIntosh, 1885) (basis of record)
Eunice biformicirrata (Treadwell, 1922) (basis of record)
Eunice binominata Quatrefages, 1866 (status source)
Eunice brevis (Ehlers, 1887) (basis of record)
Eunice bucciensis (Treadwell, 1921) (basis of record)
Eunice caeca Shisko, 1981 (redescription)
Eunice cariboea Grube, 1856 accepted as Nicidion cariboea (Grube, 1856) (additional source)
Eunice contingens (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice crassitentaculata (Treadwell, 1922) (basis of record)
Eunice curticirrus Knox, 1960 (redescription)
Eunice djiboutiensis Gravier, 1900 (basis of record)
Eunice dubia Woodworth, 1907 accepted as Palola dubia (Woodworth, 1907) (status source)
Eunice dubitata Fauchald, 1974 (redescription)
Eunice dubitatus Fauchald, 1974 accepted as Eunice dubitata Fauchald, 1974 (additional source)
Eunice eimeorum Fauchald, 1992 (original description)
Eunice elegans (Verrill, 1900) (basis of record)
Eunice enteles (Chamberlin, 1918) accepted as Eunice monilifer (Chamberlin, 1919) (source of synonymy)
Eunice enteles (Chamberlin, 1918) accepted as Leodice enteles Chamberlin, 1918 (source of synonymy)
Eunice eugeniae Fauchald, 1992 (original description)
Eunice excariboea Fauchald, 1992 (original description)
Eunice filamentosa Grube & Örsted in Grube, 1856 (source of synonymy)
Eunice flavapunctata (Treadwell, 1922) (basis of record)
Eunice floridana (Pourtalès, 1867) (source of synonymy)
Eunice fucata Ehlers, 1887 (redescription)
Eunice fuscafasciata (Treadwell, 1922) accepted as Nicidion fuscafasciata Treadwell, 1922 (basis of record)
Eunice gagzoi Augener, 1922 (redescription)
Eunice gigantea (Lamarck, 1818) accepted as Eunice aphroditois (Pallas, 1788) (status source)
Eunice goodei Fauchald, 1992 (original description)
Eunice goodsiri (McIntosh, 1885) (basis of record)
Eunice gracilis Grube, 1866 (basis of record)
Eunice gracilis Moore, 1903 accepted as Eunice japonica Fauchald, 1992 (status source)
Eunice gracilis antennata Grube, 1866 accepted as Eunice gracilis Grube, 1866 (source of synonymy)
Eunice grubei Gravier, 1900 (source of synonymy)
Eunice guanica (Treadwell, 1921) (basis of record)
Eunice hawaiiensis Treadwell, 1906 accepted as Eunice hawaiensis Treadwell, 1906 (status source)
Eunice hirschi Fauchald, 1992 (original description)
Eunice hirschi Fauchald, 1992 (basis of record)
Eunice hispanica (Savigny in Lamarck, 1818) (basis of record)
Eunice impexa Grube, 1878 (redescription)
Eunice jeffreysii McIntosh, 1903 accepted as Euniphysa jeffreysii (McIntosh, 1903) (taxonomy source)
Eunice kerguelensis Averincev, 1972 (redescription)
Eunice kobiensis McIntosh, 1885 (basis of record)
Eunice langi (Treadwell, 1943) (basis of record)
Eunice levibranchia (Hoagland, 1920) (basis of record)
Eunice lita (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice longicirrata (Kinberg, 1865) (source of synonymy)
Eunice longicirrata (Kinberg, 1865) (status source)
Eunice longicirrata Webster, 1884 accepted as Eunice websteri Fauchald, 1969 (status source)
Eunice makemoana (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice margaritacea Williams, 1853 (basis of record)
Eunice megalodus Grube, 1878 accepted as Euniphysa megalodus (Grube, 1878) (taxonomy source)
Eunice monilifer (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice nesiotes (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice norvegica (Linnaeus, 1767) (source of synonymy)
Eunice notata (Treadwell, 1921) accepted as Nicidion notata (Treadwell, 1921) (basis of record)
Eunice oliga (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice panamena (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice papeetensis (Chamberlin, 1919) (source of synonymy)
Eunice papeetensis (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice pauroneurata (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice perimensis Gravier, 1900 (taxonomy source)
Eunice petersi Fauchald, 1992 (original description)
Eunice petersi Fauchald, 1992 (basis of record)
Eunice polybranchia (Verrill, 1880) (basis of record)
Eunice pruvoti Fauchald, 1992 (original description)
Eunice pruvoti Fauchald, 1992 (basis of record)
Eunice punctata (Risso, 1826) (status source)
Eunice punctata Peters, 1854 accepted as Eunice petersi Fauchald, 1992 (basis of record)
Eunice punctata Grube, 1856 accepted as Eunice binominata Quatrefages, 1866 (basis of record)
Eunice quadrioculata Grube, 1856 accepted as Marphysa quadrioculata (Grube, 1856) (additional source)
Eunice rubrivittata (Treadwell, 1921) (basis of record)
Eunice rullieri Fauchald, 1992 (original description)
Eunice rullieri Fauchald, 1992 (basis of record)
Eunice savignyi Grube, 1878 (source of synonymy)
Eunice segregata (Chamberlin, 1919) (basis of record)
Eunice simplex Peters, 1854 accepted as Palola simplex (Peters, 1854) (source of synonymy)
Holotype ZIL (Russia) 1/15808, geounit Kerguelen Islands, identified as Eunice kerguelensis Averincev, 1972
Holotype ZML (Russia) 1/15807, geounit Auckland Island, identified as Eunice aucklandica Averincev, 1972

 Additional information

Absence/presence of branchiae is not currently considered a valid diagnostic character at genera level of Eunicidae ... [details]


The author of Eunicidae is Berthold (1827: 227) according to Fauchald (1992: 2) as his translation of Latreille was ... [details]


Miura (1986) created the new combination Euniphysa tubicola, but Shen & Wu (1991) and Fauchald (1992) disagreed and ... [details]


Based on one small specimen. Branchiae present chaetiger 8-21 (of 79), 1-2 filaments (mostly 1), no distinct ... [details]

 Editor's comment

Fauchald (1992:183) retained this taxon as valid, but it appears to be near indeterminable, at least from the ... [details]

 New combination

Fauchald (1992: 217) stated the features of E. megalodus are those found in genus Euniphysa. Lu & Fauchald (2000) ... [details]

 Publication date

Fauchald (1992:72) cites the original publication date as 1974 for this species and also for E. kerguelensis, but ... [details]

 Publication date

Fauchald (1992: 72) pointed out that the first short description was clearly in 1900 (the name is in the paper ... [details]

 Publication date

Published in 1981 (31 December, 1981 according to journal cover). This year date is confirmed in Fauchald (1992), ... [details]


With some reservations, the discussion given by Fauchald (1992: 155) on "Eunice gigantea auctores" (as Fauchald ... [details]


Fauchald dismisses the Linnaeus name of 'Nereis gigantea' as indeterminable (although it is referring to an ... [details]


Hartman (1959) synonymized Nicidion fusca-fasciata Treadwell, 1922 to this species. Synonym was not accepted by ... [details]


Erected by Kinberg for Eunice species with quadrilobate prostomia and nine, rather than seven maxillae [fide ... [details]


Valid species similar to Eunice websteri Fauchald, 1969. [details]


Erected by Kinberg for abranchiate Eunice [fide Fauchald, 1992:28] [details]

 Type locality

Shelf depths off Auckland Islands, -51.2167, 165.6167, 183 m [details]

 Type locality

Deepwater off Tanner Bank, southern California, 32 49.8'N, 119 29.86'W, 1357 m [details]

 Type locality

Off Kerguelen Islands, shelf depths, -49.6353, 70.7186, 141 m [details]

 Type locality

Between Sumatra and Borneo, latitude -2.5 deg, longitude107.1666 deg, clearly originally stated by Kinberg as ... [details]

 Type species

Cuvier (1817: 525) only names a Eunice species in a footnote, and the name he uses is as "Terebella aphroditois, ... [details]