Marine Biology

, Volume 25, Issue 3, pp 253–261 | Cite as

Spirorbinae (Serpulidae: Polychaeta) from South Africa, including three new species

  • P. Knight-Jones
  • E. W. Knight-Jones


Five Antarctic or south-temperate species of Spirorbiaae are centred in south-west Africa, whilst 6 tropical species extend round the south-east and another 4 are recorded from Mozambique. Of the three new species, Pileolaria (Pileolaria) annectans sp. n. has a rudimentary opercular plate surmounting a sort-walled sac of embryos, which somewhat resembles a “thoracic brood pouch”. Pileolaria (Pileolaria) dayi sp. n. has a helmet-like brood chamber, but this opens distally, like the brood cups found in the subgenus Duplicaria. Janua Pil-natalensis sp. n. has the dorsal collar folds usually separate, but partially fused in some juveniles.


Polychaeta Tropical Species Brood Chamber Brood Pouch Opercular Plate 
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  • P. Knight-Jones
    • 1
  • E. W. Knight-Jones
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ZoologyUniversity College of SwanseaSwanseaUK

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