, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 134-139
Date: 16 Jan 2013

A new species of Eunice (Polychaeta: Eunicidae) from Hainan Island, South China Sea

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A taxonomic survey of benthic marine animals from coastal regions of Hainan Island, South China Sea, revealed specimens of a new species of Eunice (Polychaeta: Eunicida: Eunicidae), Eunice uschakovi n. sp., collected from the intertidal zone. The species belongs to the group of Eunice that has yellow tridentate subacicular hooks and branchiae scattered over an extensive region of the body. It resembles E. miurai and E. havaica in having both bidentate and tridentate falcigers, but can be readily distinguished by branchial features. Comparisons between E. uschakovi and the two related species are presented.

Supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology of the People’s Republic of China (MOST) (No. 2006FY110500) and the External Cooperation Program from Chinese Academy of Sciences (No. GJHZ200808)