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Leucia

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Leucia is a genus of marine polychaete worms belonging to the family Polynoidae, the scaleworms. Leucia contains 2 species, both found in the northern Atlantic Ocean. This genus is distinguished from the closely related genus Harmothoe by having sixteen pairs of elytra, as opposed to fifteen.[1]

Description

Body short, 41 to 50 segments, 16 pairs of elytra. Anterior margin of prostomium with pair of acute anterior peaks. Lateral antennae inserted ventrally (beneath prostomium and median antenna). Antennae, palps, dorsal and ventral cirri papillated. First segment with chaetae. Notochaetae distinctly thicker than neurochaetae. Unidentate and bidentate neurochaetae present.

Species

The World Register of Marine Species includes the following species in the genus:[2]

References

  1. ^ Fiege, Dieter; Barnich, Ruth. (2009). Polynoidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) associated with cold-water coral reefs of the northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. Zoosymposia. 2 : 149–164.
  2. ^ Read, Geoffrey B.; Fauchald, Kristian (2020). "The World Polychaeta Database".
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Leucia: Brief Summary

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Leucia is a genus of marine polychaete worms belonging to the family Polynoidae, the scaleworms. Leucia contains 2 species, both found in the northern Atlantic Ocean. This genus is distinguished from the closely related genus Harmothoe by having sixteen pairs of elytra, as opposed to fifteen.

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Diagnosis

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[Fide Fiege & Barnich, 2009:157] Body dorsoventrally flattened, short, with up to about 50 segments; dorsum more or less covered by elytra. Sixteen pairs of elytra on segments 2, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23, 26, 29, 32, and 35. Prostomium with distinct cephalic peaks and three antennae with lateral antennae inserted ventrally to median antenna. Anterior pair of eyes at widest part of prostomium, posterior pair dorsal near hind margin. Parapodia with elongate acicular lobes with both acicula penetrating epidermis; neuropodia with a supra-acicular process. Notochaetae stout with distinct rows of spines and blunt to pointed tip. Neurochaetae more numerous and more slender, with distinct rows of spines distally and bi- and unidentate tips. Remarks. Leucia Malmgren, 1867, is closely related to Harmothoe Kinberg, 1856, the only difference being the number of pairs of elytra, which is 16 for Leucia and 15 for Harmothoe.
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Malmgren, A.J. (1867). Annulata Polychaeta Spetsbergiæ, Grœnlandiæ, Islandiæ et Scandinaviæ. Hactenus Cognita. Ex Officina Frenckelliana, Helsingforslæ. 127 pp. & XIV plates. Fiege, Dieter; Barnich, Ruth. (2009). Polynoidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) associated with cold-water coral reefs of the northeast Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea. <em>Zoosymposia.</em> 2 : 149-164. 9th International Polychaete Conference, Portland, ME, 2007.
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