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The genus Boccardia (Polychaeta: Spionidae) associated with mollusc shells on the south coast of South Africa
Simon, C.A.; Worsfold, T.M.; Lange, L.; Sterley, J. (2010). The genus Boccardia (Polychaeta: Spionidae) associated with mollusc shells on the south coast of South Africa. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. 90(3): 585. https://hdl.handle.net/10.1017/s0025315409990452
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154; e-ISSN 1469-7769, more
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    molluscs

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  • Simon, C.A.
  • Worsfold, T.M., more
  • Lange, L.
  • Sterley, J.

Abstract
    Three species of Boccardia (B. polybranchia, B. pseudonatrix and B. proboscidea were associated with mollusc shells on the south and south-east coasts of South Africa. Boccardia polybranchia was widely distributed along the coast and falls within the known distribution range of this species. Comparisons with material from other, international, locations showed that some specimens have been misidentified. No characters could be found to characterize distinct species for different regions within the range of B. polybranchia, as currently recognized. Boccardia pseudonatrix was found only at the most eastern site, increasing its known distribution range. Boccardia proboscidea, a non-indigenous species, was found only on abalone farms and was most abundant in the west.

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