Oxydromus humesi (Pettibone, 1961)



Taxonomy & Nomenclature

Synonym/s: Parasyllidea humesi Pettibone, 1961 (protonym)


Conservation Status

Last record: 1961 or before (Pettibone, 1961)

Relocated or rediscovered in 2012 or before (Martin et al., 2012)



Republic of Congo & Rio San Pedro salt marsh, Cádiz Bay, Iberian Peninsula, Spain


Biology & Ecology










Original scientific description:

Pettibone, Marian H. (1961). New species of polychaete worms from the Atlantic Ocean, with a revision of the Dorvilleidae. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 74: 167-186.


Other references:

Jimenez, Miguel Angel Meca. (2015). Study of the population of the symbiotic polychaete Oxydromus humesi hosted by the bivalve Scrobicularia plana in Cádiz Bay. Bachelor's thesis, Universitat de Girona.

Martin, D., Cuesta, José A., Drake, Pilar, Gil, João and Pleijel, Fredrik. (2012). The symbiotic hesionid Parasyllidea humesi Pettibone, 1961 (Annelida: Polychaeta) hosted by Scrobicularia plana (da Costa, 1778) (Mollusca: Bivalvia: Semelidade) in European waters. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 12: 145-153.

Martin, D., Nygren, A., Hjelmstedt, P., Drake, P. and Gil, J. (2015). On the enigmatic symbiotic polychaete ‘Parasyllidea’ humesi Pettibone, 1961 (Hesionidae): taxonomy, phylogeny and behaviour. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 174(3): 429-446.

Read, G. and Fauchald, K. (eds.). (2021). World Polychaeta Database. Oxydromus humesi (Pettibone, 1961). Accessed through: World Register of Marine Species at: on 2021-10-29


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