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Paper

Year:2018
Author(s):A. Nygren, J. Parapar, J. Pons, K. Meißner, T. Bakken, J. Kongsrud, E. Oug, D. Gaeva, A. Sikorski, R. Johansen, P. Hutchings, N. Lavesque, M. Capa
Title:A mega-cryptic species complex hidden among one of the most common annelids in the north east Atlantic
Journal:PLoS One
ISSN:1932-6203
Volume:13
Issue No.:6
Pages:0198356
D.O.I.:10.1371/journal.pone.0198356
Web:https://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0198356
Abstract:© 2018 Nygren et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. We investigate mitochondrial (COI, 16S rDNA) and nuclear (ITS2, 28S rDNA) genetic structure of North East Atlantic lineages of Terebellides, a genus of sedentary annelids mainly inhabiting continental shelf and slope sediments. We demonstrate the presence of more than 25 species of which only seven are formally described. Species boundaries are determined with molecular data using a broad range of analytical methods. Many of the new species are common and wide spread, and the majority of the species are found in sympatry with several other species in the complex. Being one of the most regularly encountered annelid taxa in the North East Atlantic, it is more likely to find an undescribed species of Terebellides than a described one.

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