Terebella ehrenbergi Gravier, 1906,

Faulwetter, Sarah, Simboura, Nomiki, Katsiaras, Nikolaos, Chatzigeorgiou, Giorgos & Arvanitidis, Christos, 2017, Polychaetes of Greece: an updated and annotated checklist, Biodiversity Data Journal 5, pp. 20997-20997: 20997

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Terebella ehrenbergi Gravier, 1906


Terebella ehrenbergi Gravier, 1906 

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Questionable status. Reported from Greece by Arvanitidis (1994). Originally from the Red Sea, in the Mediterranean also reported from the western Mediterranean ( Pérès 1954), Cyprus ( Ben-Eliahu 1972b) and Israel ( Ben-Eliahu 1976b). The taxonomy of the species is confused, as two different descriptions exist in literature: Terebella ehrenbergi  sensu Day, 1967 and Terebella ehrenbergi  sensu Rullier, 1972, differing in the shape of the notochaetae (denticulated / smooth) and the number of abdominal chaetigers with notochaetae (posterior 20-40 segments without notochaetae vs. posterior 10-15 segments) ( Ben-Eliahu 1976b). Ben-Eliahu (1976b) compared material from the Israeli coasts of the Mediterranean with museum specimens from the Red Sea identified by Gravier and by Fauvel and found the former to lack calyx-type chaetae on abdominal chaetigers. However, as this may be a size-dependent character, it is currently unknown whether Mediterranean species belong to Terebella ehrenbergi  Gravier, 1906 or to a different species.