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Capitellidae represent an important group of polychaetes owing to their use as indicators of environmental health (e.g., Tomassetti and Porrello 2005). Despite their importance, capitellids have a confused and unresolved taxonomy, with a large number of often monotypic genera and the presence of species complexes. Capitellid genera are distinguished largely on chaetal distribution in anterior segments and the number of thoracic segments (see e.g., Blake 2000a; Fauchald 1972). The need for revision of the family has been deemed necessary by several authors (e.g., Fauchald 1977; Ewing 1991; Blake 2000a), as it has been observed that chaetal distribution, particularly in the posterior thorax, may change with age (e.g., Ewing 1982; 1984; Blake 2000a). Green (2002) provided a useful overview of characters used in capitellid taxonomy.
At least two species were recognised in the UKSR material, five poorly preserved representatives of a species in the diverse genus Notomastus, and two specimens of a species representing a new genus based on morphological and genetic data. However, given the caveats of generic definitions given above, we choose not to provide the formal description of this species and genus, and make these data and vouchers available for future revision.
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- Tomassetti P, Porrello S (2005) Polychaetes as indicators of marine fish farm organic enrichment.Aquaculture International13(1–2): 109–128. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10499-004-9026-2
- Blake J (2000a) Family Capitellidae Grube, 1862. Taxonomic Atlas of the Benthic Fauna of the Santa Maria Basin and the Western Santa Barbara Channel.Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California7: 47–96.
- Fauchald K (1972) Benthic polychaetous annelids from deep water off western Mexico and adjacent areas in the eastern Pacific Ocean.Allan Hancock Monographs in Marine Biology7: 1–575.
- Fauchald K (1977) The polychaete worms. Definitions and keys to the orders, families and genera.Natural History Museum of Los Angeles Country, Science Series28: 1–190.
- Ewing R (1991) Review of monospecific genera of the family Capitellidae (Polychaeta) (abstract). In: Petersen M Kirkegaard J (Eds) Systematics, Biology, and Morphology of World Polychaeta.Proceedings of the 2nd International Polychaete Conference (Copenhagen), August 1986. Ophelia Supplement, Denmark, 692–693.
- Ewing R (1982) A partial revision of the genus Notomastus (Polychaeta: Capitellidae) with a description of a new species from the Gulf of Mexico.Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington95: 232–237.
- Ewing R (1984) Capitellidae, Vol. 2. In: Uebelacker JM, Johnson PG (Eds) Taxonomic Guide to the Polychaetes of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Final Report to the Minerals Management Service, contract. Barry A. Vinor and Associates Inc., Mobile, Alabama, 14.1–14.47
- Green K (2002) Capitellidae (Polychaeta) from the Andaman Sea.Phuket Marine Biological Center Special Publication24: 249–343.