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Polychaetes from Jan Mayen (Annelida, Polychaeta)

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A thorough literature review has been undertaken to establish the first complete account of polychaetes recorded from the area around the volcanic island of Jan Mayen. The annotated checklist lists 121 species-level taxa, representing an increase from the 75 species previously recorded. The checklist is based on existing records, supplemented with material sampled in 1999, from which 42 species new to the area were reported. Some previously reported species from the area have been excluded because of inadequate documentation. The polychaete fauna of Jan Mayen is comparable with that of the mainland Norwegian coast and the Svalbard area. No taxa unique to the island were found. However, knowledge of the marine invertebrate fauna in general at Jan Mayen is sparse because few surveys have been undertaken there. It is expected that future expeditions will reveal further new taxon records for the area.

Keywords: Distribution; Jan Mayen; Nordic seas; Norwegian Sea; Polychaeta; diversity

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Bergen Museum, University of Bergen, PO Box 7800, NO-5020 Bergen, Norway 2: Norwegian Institute for Water Research, Southern Branch, Televeien 3, NO-4879 Grimstad, Norway 3: Akvaplan-Niva AS, Polar Environmental Centre, NO-9295 Tromsø, Norway 4: Museum of Natural History and Archaeology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway

Publication date: April 1, 2010


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