Pherusa plumosa ( Mueller , 1776),

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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Pherusa plumosa ( Mueller , 1776)


Pherusa plumosa ( Mueller, 1776) 

Pherusa plumosa  ( Müller, 1776) | Stylarioides plumosa  (O.F. Müller, 1776)


Questionable status. Salazar-Vallejo (2014) revised the genus Pherusa  and re-instated a number of species, many of which were previously considered synonyms of Pherusa plumosa  . He restricts Pherusa plumosa  in its diagnosis and distribution; currently it is believed to occur in the Arctic and temperate Atlantic Ocean and to be absent from the Mediterranean. The three currently known species of Pherusa  occurring in the Mediterranean Sea - previously all grouped under the name Pherusa plumosa  - are Pherusa incrustans  Quatrefages, 1866, Pherusa mikacae  Salazar-Vallejo, 2014 and Pherusa obscura  Quatrefages, 1849. As the description by Fauvel (1927) is very general and includes a large range of characters which correspond to Pherusa plumosa  sensu stricto, Pherusa obscura  and Pherusa incrustans  ( Salazar-Vallejo 2014), all specimens identified using Fauvel’s key are questionable.