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Rouse & Fauchald, 1997 non Linnaean


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  1. Family Arenicolidae Johnston, 1835
  2. Family Capitellidae Grube, 1862
  3. Family Cossuridae Day, 1963
  4. Family Maldanidae Malmgren, 1867
  5. Family Opheliidae Malmgren, 1867
  6. Family Orbiniidae Hartman, 1942
  7. Family Paraonidae Cerruti, 1909
  8. Family Scalibregmatidae Malmgren, 1867
  9. Family Travisiidae Hartmann-Schröder, 1971
  10. Family Anthostomea Kinberg, 1867 accepted as Orbiniidae Hartman, 1942 (based on a homonym and synonym, incorrectly Latinized)
  11. Family Ariciidae Audouin & Milne Edwards, 1833 accepted as Orbiniidae Hartman, 1942 (type genus Aricia is a replaced homonym, The next available genus name is Orbinia)
  12. Family Bogueidae Hartman & Fauchald, 1971 accepted as Rhodininae Arwidsson, 1906 (rank downgrade to synonymy to subfamily Rhodininae in Maldanidae)
  13. Family Levinseniidae Mesnil & Caullery, 1898 accepted as Paraonidae Cerruti, 1909 (ICZN Opinion 1139 (1979) gives Paraonidae Cerruti 1909 precedence)
  14. Family Questidae Hartman, 1966 accepted as Questinae Hartman, 1966 (rank downgrade to Orbiniidae subfamily)
  15. Family Scalibregmidae Malmgren, 1867 accepted as Scalibregmatidae Malmgren, 1867 (superseded spelling)
  16. Family Telethusae Savigny, 1822 accepted as Arenicolidae Johnston, 1835 (Also later as Telethusidae. Unavailable as not formulated from an existing genus name)
  17. Order Capitellida (uncertain > nomen dubium, Superfluous name)
  18. Order Cossurida (uncertain > nomen dubium, Superfluous name)
  19. Order Opheliida (uncertain > nomen dubium, Superfluous name)
  20. Order Orbiniida (uncertain > nomen dubium, Superfluous name)
Rouse, G.W.; Fauchald, K. (1997). Cladistics and polychaetes. <em>Zoologica Scripta.</em> 26(2), 139-204., available online at
page(s): 163 [details]   
Read, G.; Fauchald, K. (Ed.) (2024). World Polychaeta Database. Scolecida. Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2024-07-20
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original description Rouse, G.W.; Fauchald, K. (1997). Cladistics and polychaetes. <em>Zoologica Scripta.</em> 26(2), 139-204., available online at
page(s): 163 [details]   
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Classification Zrzavý et al (2009) suggest the Rouse & Fauchald (1997) clades of "Scolecida" (Arenicolidae, Maldanidae, Orbiniidae, etc) and "Canalipalpata" (Sabellida, Spionida, Terebellida) are both polyphyletic, forming instead two clades: one including Cirratuliformia and the "sabelloid-spionoid clade" (incl. Sternaspis, Sabellidae-Serpulidae, Sabellariidae, Spionida s. str.), the other ("terebelloid-capitelloid clade") including Terebelliformia, Arenicolidae-Maldanidae, and Capitellidae-Echiurida.  [details]


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