Species of Scolelepis (Polychaeta, Spionidae) from the beaches of the State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Spionidae is one of the most abundant and diverse taxa among polychaetes. Scolelepis is one of the most abundant genus in shallow waters being widely distributed worldwide. Seven Scolelepis species have been reported to the Brazilian coast, but their taxonomy should be verified owing to a discussion on correct species identification and the possibility of being a species complex. The aim of this study was to make an inventory the species of the genus Scolelepis found in the beaches of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Two species were found: S. chiliensis, very abundant and occurring in several beaches and S. goodbodyi with a more restricted distribution.

geographic distribution; Southeastern Brazil; soft-bottoms

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