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The Polychæte Family Longosomidae in New Zealand


IN 1944 Hartman1 described a new polychsete species Longosoma catalinensis from off Long Point, Catalina Island, southern California, founding a new family, the Longosomidae, to contain it. The original description was based on a single specimen, but afterwards in 1957 she reported 34 specimens from three stations off southern California in depths of 7–45 fathoms. According to Hartman2 the species may have its affinities with the Paraonidae ; but the possession of long, paired, grooved palpi, resembling those of spioniform annelids, allies it to the disomid and magelonid families.

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  1. 1

    Hartman, O., Rep. Allan Hancock Pacific Exped., 10, 321 (1944).

  2. 2

    Hartman, O., Rep. Allan Hancock Pacific Exped., 15, 335 (1957).

  3. 3

    Knox, G. A., Trans. Roy. Soc. N.Z., 85, 141 (1957).

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