Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Annelida > Class Polychaeta > Subclass Sedentaria > Infraclass Canalipalpata > Order Spionida > Suborder Spioniformia > Family Spionidae

Prionospio Malmgren, 1867

Rank: Genus
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Genus group names

Minuspio Foster, 1971 heterotypic synonym
Apoprionospio Foster, 1969 synonym
Aquilaspio Foster, 1971 synonym
Prionospio (Minuspio) [auctorum] synonym
Prionospio (Prionospio) [auctorum] synonym


Prionospio caspersi Laubier, 1962
Prionospio cirrifera Wirén, 1883
Prionospio decipiens Söderström, 1920
Prionospio dubia Day, 1961
Prionospio ehlersi Fauvel, 1928
Prionospio fallax Söderström, 1920
Prionospio fauchaldi Maciolek, 1985
Prionospio malmgreni Claparède, 1869
Prionospio multibranchiata Berkeley, 1927
Prionospio pygmaeus Hartman, 1961
Prionospio sexoculata Augener, 1918
Prionospio steenstrupi Malmgren, 1867
Prionospio tripinnata Maciolek, 1985


original description

Malmgren, A. J. 1867. Annulata Polychaeta Spetsbergiae, Groenlandiae, Islandiae et Scandinaviae hactenus cognita. Ex Officina Frenckelliana, Helsingfors. 127pp, & 115 plates

basis of record

Bellan, G. (2001). Polychaeta, in: Costello, M.J. et al. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50: pp. 214-231

additional source

Day, J.H. (1967). Polychaeta of Southern Africa. Part 2. Sedentaria. British Museum (Natural History), London. Pp 459-842.

additional source

Fauchald, Kristian (2007). World Register of Polychaeta

additional source

Glasby, C.J.; Read, G.B.; Lee, K.E.; Blakemore, R.J.; Fraser, P.M.; Pinder, A.M.; Erséus, C.; Moser, W.E.; Burreson, E.M.; Govedich, F.R.; Davies, R.W.; Dawson, E.W. (2009). Phylum Annelida: bristleworms, earthworms, leeches, in: Gordon, D.P. (Ed.) (2009). New Zealand inventory of biodiversity: 1. Kingdom Animalia: Radiata, Lophotrochozoa, Deuterostomia. pp. 312-358.

additional source

Fauchald, K. 1977. The polychaete worms, definitions and keys to the orders, families and genera. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County: Los Angeles, CA (USA) Science Series 28:1-188

additional source

Sigvaldadóttir, Elin 1998. Cladistic analysis and classification of Prionospio and related genera (Polychaeta, Spionidae). Zoologica Scripta, 27(3): 175-188.



External Links



WoRMS (2014). Prionospio Malmgren, 1867. In: Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (Ed.) (2014) World Polychaeta database. In: Costello, M.J.; Bouchet, P.; Boxshall, G.; Arvantidis, C.; Appeltans, W. (2014) European Register of Marine Species, accessed through PESI at http://www.eu-nomen.eu/portal/taxon.php?GUID=urn:lsid:marinespecies.org:taxname:129620




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marine, not brackish, not fresh, not terrestrial


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