Zoological Studies

Vol. 56, 2017

(update: 2017.10.16; 10.31)

Six New Tropical Sternaspid Species (Annelida, Sternaspidae) with Keys to Identify Genera and Species

Sergio I. Salazar-Vallejo

Estructura y Función del Bentos, Depto. Sistemática y Ecología Acuática, El Colegio de la Frontera Sur, Chetumal, Quintana Roo, México

(Received 17 August 2017; Accepted 2 October 2017; Communicated by Benny K.K. Chan)

Sergio I. Salazar-Vallejo (2017) The study of tropical specimens of Sternaspidae (Annelida) in five museum collections allowed the recognition of six undescribed species. The species newly described are Caulleryaspis villamari sp. nov. from Peru, Petersenaspis deani sp. nov. from Pacific Costa Rica, P. harrisae sp. nov. from South Africa, Sternaspis lindae sp. nov. from the Gulf of Panama, S. londognoi sp. nov. from the Southern Caribbean Sea, and S. sherlockae sp. nov. from the Red Sea. Updated keys to identify sternaspid genera, and to species in each genus are included.

Key words: Shallow water, Sediments, Morphology, Taxonomy, Polychaetes.

Correspondence: E-mail: ssalazar@ecosur.mx, savs551216@hotmail.com