Leiocapitella dollfusi (Fauvel, 1936),

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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Leiocapitella dollfusi (Fauvel, 1936)


Leiocapitella dollfusi (Fauvel, 1936) 

Leiocapitella dollfusi  (Fauvel, 1936) | Leiocapitella glabra  Hartman, 1947


Bellan (1964a) proposed the synonymy of Leiocapitella glabra  (type locality California) with Leiocapitella dollfusi  (originally described from the Moroccan coasts) based on the overlapping variability in the chaetal formula of the two species. Ben-Eliahu and Fiege (1995), probably unaware of Bellan (1964a), proposed a possible synonymy of Leiocapitella dollfusi  with Leiocapitella glabra  on the basis of the identical hook dentition, in addition to the chaetal formula ( Capaccioni-Azzati and El-Haddad 2015). However, it is noteworthy that the presence of branchiae in posterior segments, a character reported by Fauvel (1936a) for Leiocapitella dollfusi  , has not been confirmed in material previously identified as Leiocapitella glabra  ( Hartman 1947, Ben-Eliahu and Fiege 1995), due to lack of posterior parts. In the present study, in agreement with Bellan (1964a), and Capaccioni-Azzati and El-Haddad (2015), we consider the older name Leiocapitella dollfusi  as having priority over Leiocapitella glabra  .