A new species of Ampharete (Annelida: Ampharetidae) from the West Shetland shelf (NE Atlantic Ocean), with two updated keys to the species of the genus in North Atlantic waters

  • Julio Parapar Universidade da Coruña, Departamento de Bioloxía, Rúa da Fraga 10, 15008 A Coruña, Galicia
  • Juan Moreira Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Departamento de Biología (Zoología), Facultad de Ciencias, 28049 Madrid and Centro de Investigación en Biodiversidad y Cambio Global (CIBC-UAM), 28049 Madrid
  • Ruth Barnich Thomson Unicomarine Ltd., Compass House, Surrey Research Park, Guildford, GU2 7AG
Keywords: Taxonomy, new species, West Shetland shelf, SEM, identification key


Ampharete oculicirrata sp. nov. (Annelida: Ampharetidae) is described from samples collected by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee and Marine Scotland Science, in the West Shetland Shelf NCMPA in the NE Atlantic. This species is characterised by a very small body size, thin and slender paleae, twelve thoracic and eleven abdominal uncinigers, presence of eyes both in the prostomium and the pygidium, the latter provided with a pair of long lateral cirri. The external micro-morphology of the new taxon was studied using scanning electron microscopy and compared with species described or reported from the North Atlantic. Two complementary keys to all species of Ampharete in the area are also provided.


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How to Cite
Parapar, J., Moreira, J., & Barnich, R. (2019). A new species of Ampharete (Annelida: Ampharetidae) from the West Shetland shelf (NE Atlantic Ocean), with two updated keys to the species of the genus in North Atlantic waters. European Journal of Taxonomy, (531). https://doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2019.531