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Senior Taxonomist Confirms Presence of C. filicaudata in Scotland
12th November 2017
Our Senior Taxonomist, Bryan Wasson, along with Adriana Giangrande and Ana Tovar-Hernández, has recently published a paper in Cahiers de Biologie Marine re-establishing Chone filicaudata and detailing the first records Dialychone dunerificta.
As Wasson et. al. explain within the peer-reviewed article, an abundant Sabellid taxon which fitted well with the original description of Chone filicaudata was collected from waters of the Shetland Islands. However, C. filicaudata had been emended and had become Paradialychone filicaudata. It was discovered by the authors that the “syntype” used to make this change was incorrectly identified/labelled in the British Museum of Natural History. Southern’s original type material was sourced from The National Museum of Ireland and using it this species is now re-established in the genus Chone.
The first finding of the species Dialychone dunerificta is also reported for the British fauna. This was previously thought to be a Mediterranean species but is now known to be more widespread having previously been named as Chone duneri by British workers.
The full article can be accessed here: Wasson et al., 2017.