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Acrocirridae Banse, 1969

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Acrocirrus Grube, 1873 (type by original designation)
Helmetophoridae Hartman, 1978 · unaccepted (subjective synonym)


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Banse, K. (1969). Acrocirridae n.fam. (Polychaeta Sedentaria). <em>Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada.</em> 26(10): 2595-2620., available online at
page(s): 2596-2598 [details]   
Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (Ed.) (2021). World Polychaeta database. Acrocirridae Banse, 1969. Accessed at: on 2024-06-25
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original description Banse, K. (1969). Acrocirridae n.fam. (Polychaeta Sedentaria). <em>Journal of the Fisheries Research Board of Canada.</em> 26(10): 2595-2620., available online at
page(s): 2596-2598 [details]   

original description  (of Helmetophoridae Hartman, 1978) Hartman, Olga. (1978). Polychaeta from the Weddell Sea quadrant, Antarctica. <em>Antarctic Research Series.</em> 26(4): 125-223., available online at
page(s): 144-145 [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

taxonomy source Uebelacker, Joan M.; Johnson, Paul G. (eds). (1984). Taxonomic guide to the polychaetes of the Northern Gulf of Mexico. Final report to the Minerals Management Service, contract 14-12-001-29091. Volumes 1-7, Barry M. Vittor & Associates. Mobile, Alabama., available online at
note: Chapter 13 by Wolf, vol.2(13) [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

taxonomy source Wolf, Paul S. (1984). Family Acrocirridae, Banse, 1969. In: Uebelacker, J.M.; Johnson, P.G. (eds). Taxonomic guide to the polychaetes of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Volume 2. Chapter Pagination: 13.1-13.7, Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc., Mobile, Alabama.
page(s): 13.1 [details]   

basis of record Dauvin, J.-C.; Dewarumez, J.-M.; Gentil, F. (2003). Liste actualisée des espèces d'Annélides Polychètes présentes en Manche [An up to date list of polychaetous annelids from the English Channel]. <em>Cahiers de Biologie Marine.</em> 44(1): 67-95., available online at [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 

identification resource Salazar-Vallejo, S.I.; Gillet, P.; Carrera-Parra, L.F. (2007). Revision of <i>Chauvinelia</i>, redescriptions of <i>Flabelliseta incrusta</i>, and <i>Helmetophorus rankini</i>, and their recognition as acrocirrids (Polychaeta: Acrocirridae). <em>Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom.</em> 87(02): 465-477., available online at
page(s): 466; note: diagnosis emended; includes dicothomic key for genera [details]  Available for editors  PDF available [request] 
From editor or global species database
Diagnosis Emended diagnosis by Salazar-Vallejo et al. (2007: 466): ''Body with or without a cephalic hood. Integument papillated, mostly deprived of foreign particles (except Flabelliseta). Nuchal organs marginal ciliated bands, rarely in zigzag, or ω-shaped. Branchiae few, restricted to anterior segments, first two segments achaetous, carrying branchiae. Chaetae elongate, mostly simple notopodial spinigers, rarely without notochaetae, and compound neuropodial falcigers, rarely with simple neurochaetae. Most chaetae with a cortex carrying successive rings of denticles, sometimes eroded exposing a smooth core. Genital spines present in one genus (Acrocirrus). Mostly benthic forms, few pelagic species.'' [details]

From other sources
Classification Placed under Spionida [details]


Japanese クマノアツシキ科  [details]
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