Capitella capitata (Fabricius, 1780),

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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Capitella capitata (Fabricius, 1780)


Capitella capitata (Fabricius, 1780) 

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Questionable status. Species complex. Several sibling species have been separated from Capitella capitata  sensu lato worldwide since Grassle and Grassle (1976) showed it to constitute a complex of species. Blake (2009) restricts Capitella capitata  sensu stricto to Arctic areas and considers Mediterranean specimens, including the description by Fauvel (1927), to show significant differences to Capitella capitata  and thus to belong to other species. In Greece, there is evidence so far of at least another sibling species population ( Gamenick et al. 1998). However, because of the high morphological similarity of the various sibling species, they cannot be reliably distinguished in routine investigations ( Blake 2000). See also notes under Capitella teleta  Blake, Grassle & Eckelbarger, 2009.