Higher Classification: > Kingdom Animalia > Phylum Annelida > Class Polychaeta > Subclass Errantia > Order Phyllodocida > Suborder Nereidiformia

Nereididae Blainville, 1818

Rank: Family
Taxon Status: accepted

Relationships towards this taxon

Family group names

Nereidae [auctt.] orthographic variant
Nereidae [auctt.] synonym


Gymnonereidinae Banse, 1977
Nereidinae Blainville, 1818

Vernaculars (+) (-)

 English: ragworms sources: PESI (A Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) focal points
 English-United States: ragworms


original description

Blainville, H. de 1818. Mémoire sur la classe des Sétipodes partie des Vers á sang rouge de M. Cuvier, et des Annélides de M. de Lamarck. Bulletin des Sciences par la Société Philomatique de Paris.

additional source

Johnston, George. 1865. A catalogue of the British non-parasitical worms in the collection of the British Museum. 1-365. British Museum. London. [See also separate entry for Baird supplement]

additional source

Fitzhugh, K. 1987. Phylogenetic relationships within the Nereididae (Polychaeta): Implications at the subfamily level. Bulletin of the Biological Society of Washington 7: 174-183.

additional source

Santos, Cinthya S. G., Pleijel, Fredrik, Lana, Paulo and Rouse, G.W. 2005. Phylogenetic relationships within Nereididae (Annelida: Phyllodocida). Invertebrate Systematics 19(6): 557-576.

additional source

Latreille P. A. (1825). Familles naturelles du règne animal, exposé succinctement et dans un ordre analytique avec l'indication de leurs genres. J. B. Baillière Paris pp. 570:

additional source

Hartman, Olga 1959. Catalogue of the Polychaetous Annelids of the World. Parts 1 and 2. Occasional Papers of the Allan Hancock Foundation, 23: 628 pp.

additional source

Bakken, Torkild; Glasby, Christopher J.; Wilson, Robin S. 2009. A review of paragnath morphology in Nereididae (Polychaeta). Zoosymposia 2: 305-316

additional source

Banse, K. (1977). Gymnonereidinae new subfamily: the Nereididae (Polychaeta) with bifid parapodial neurocirri. Journal of Natural History 11: 609-628.

additional source

Fauchald, Kristian (2007). World Register of Polychaeta

additional source

Bakken, Torkild and Wilson, Robin S. 2005. Phylogeny of nereidids (Polychaeta, Nereididae) with paragnaths. Zoologica Scripta, 34(5):507-547


Pettibone, M. H. (1971). Revision of some species referred to Leptonereis, Nicon, and Laeonereis (Polychaeta: Nereididae). Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology 104: 1-53.



External Links



Read, G.; Glasby, C. (2014). Nereididae Blainville, 1818. 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:22496




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