Do Morphological Similarities and human-induced dispersal explain the non-native occurrence of Serpulidae (Annelida) in Southwest Atlantic? Taxonomic detailing is the key

  • Andrielle Raposo Rodrigues Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Instituto de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (ICBS), Departamento de Biologia Animal, Laboratório de Polychaeta - Seropédica, RJ, Brasil.
  • Luís Felipe Skinner Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Departamento de Ciências, Laboratório de Ecologia e Dinâmica Bêntica Marinha - São Gonçalo, RJ Brasil.
  • Ana Claudia dos Santos Brasil Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Instituto de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (ICBS), Departamento de Biologia Animal, Laboratório de Polychaeta - Seropédica, RJ, Brasil.
Keywords: Spirobranchus, Hydroides, Protula, Introduced species, Tropical West Atlantic


Species of Serpulidae are common on benthic and biofouling communities, occurring attached on both natural and artificial substrates. In this paper, Serpulids were collected from intertidal to subtidal areas, on rocky shore and suspended artificial plates in port areas. Herein we report three new records of serpulid species to the coast of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We also discuss the misidentification of Spirobranchus tetraceros, which was previously reported to the north of Rio de Janeiro.


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Andrielle Raposo Rodrigues, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Instituto de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (ICBS), Departamento de Biologia Animal, Laboratório de Polychaeta - Seropédica, RJ, Brasil.

Rodovia BR 465, km 7, Campus Universitário, CEP 23897‑000, Seropédica, RJ, Brasil.

Luís Felipe Skinner, Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Departamento de Ciências, Laboratório de Ecologia e Dinâmica Bêntica Marinha - São Gonçalo, RJ Brasil.

Rua Francisco Portela, 1.470, Patronato, CEP 24435‑005, São Gonçalo, RJ Brasil.

Ana Claudia dos Santos Brasil, Universidade Federal Rural do Rio de Janeiro (UFRRJ), Instituto de Ciências Biológicas e da Saúde (ICBS), Departamento de Biologia Animal, Laboratório de Polychaeta - Seropédica, RJ, Brasil.

Rodovia BR 465, km 7, Campus Universitário, CEP 23897‑000, Seropédica, RJ, Brasil.


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Rodrigues, A., Skinner, L. F., & Brasil, A. C. (2020). Do Morphological Similarities and human-induced dispersal explain the non-native occurrence of Serpulidae (Annelida) in Southwest Atlantic? Taxonomic detailing is the key. Papéis Avulsos De Zoologia, 60, e20206005.
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