Microphthalmus aberrans (Webster & Benedict, 1887)

Faulwetter, Sarah, Simboura, Nomiki, Katsiaras, Nikolaos, Chatzigeorgiou, Giorgos & Arvanitidis, Christos, 2017, Polychaetes of Greece: an updated and annotated checklist, Biodiversity Data Journal 5, pp. 20997-20997: 20997

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Microphthalmus aberrans (Webster & Benedict, 1887)


Microphthalmus aberrans (Webster & Benedict, 1887) 


Questionable status. Reported from Greece by Akoumianaki and Hughes (1997), also found by Papageorgiou et al. (2006) (unpublished data), but Microphthalmus aberrans  is a taxonomically confused species. Riser (2000) revised the species and found the slides of the type material to be comprised of two different species. He assigned specimens previously assigned to Microphthalmus aberrans  to three species: Microphthalmus aberrans  , Microphthalmus pettiboneae  Riser, 2000 and Microphthalmus aggregatus  Riser, 2000. However, the species re-described as Microphthalmus aberrans  by Riser does not resemble previously available descriptions of the species, as those were mostly copied from a re-description by Southern (1914), which was based on the wrong microscope slide. The specimen on this slide was re-described as Microphthalmus pettiboneae  by Riser, causing confusion in the application of the name Microphthalmus aberrans  . All specimens reported under this name would need to be re-investigated to clarify their identity.