Key:  Family Glyceridae

Phylum Annelida
  Class Polychaeta
    Order Phyllodocida
      Superfamily Glyceridae

Taken primarily from  Kozloff, 1987, 1996 p. 126 (Copyright 1987, 1996, University of Washington Press.  Used in this web page by permission of University of Washington Press)
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1a  Parapodia (except for the first 2 pairs) biramous 2
1b All parapodia uniramous Hemopodus borealis
2a Parapodia with 1 postsetal lobe and either 1 or 2 presetal lobes; gills absent 3
2b Parapodia with 2 postsetal lobes and 2 presetal lobes; gills present or absent 4
4a Gills present 5
4b Gills absent 8
5a Gills retractile; situated on the anterior or posterior surfaces of the parapodia 6
5b Gills not retractile; situated on the dorsal surfaces of the parapodia 7
6a Gills branched (observe carefully, because when the gills are partly retracted, only 1 branch may be evident), located on the posterior surfaces of the parapodia Glycera americana
6b Gills globular, located on the anterior surfaces of the parapodia Glycera gigantea

Taxonomic Levels Represented in This Key:

  Glycera americana

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