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Table 1 The list of valid polychaete families and their author(s), species and genera (ranked by species number per family), as well as years of first and last species descriptions and cumulative percentages of species described per half century

From: Progress and perspectives in the discovery of polychaete worms (Annelida) of the world

Family Author(s) Species Genus First name % of species described by Last name
1850 1900 1950 2000
Syllidae Grube, 1850 993 103 1776 2 20 34 79 2016
Polynoidae Kinberg, 1856 876 174 1758 3 31 60 95 2016
Nereididae Blainville, 1818 687 50 1758 10 35 61 94 2016
Spionidae Grube, 1850 612 54 1767 3 12 27 83 2016
Terebellidae Johnston, 1846 607 73 1766 4 28 55 85 2016
Serpulidae Rafinesque, 1815 576 77 1758 8 29 47 90 2016
Sabellidae Latreille, 1825 493 42 1767 10 39 61 86 2016
Phyllodocidae Örsted, 1843 448 34 1767 7 36 58 93 2015
Eunicidae Berthold, 1827 419 14 1767 6 46 70 94 2014
Onuphidae Kinberg, 1865 340 24 1776 2 20 40 90 2016
Ampharetidae Malmgren, 1866 306 66 1835 1 20 46 81 2016
Lumbrineridae Schmarda, 1861 302 22 1776 3 27 56 91 2014
Cirratulidae Carus, 1863 291 21 1776 3 22 41 75 2016
Maldanidae Malmgren, 1867 272 45 1780 2 33 64 96 2016
Sigalionidae Malmgren, 1867 219 28 1830 3 29 53 91 2016
Hesionidae Grube, 1850 214 37 1780 3 19 36 83 2015
Dorvilleidae Chamberlin, 1919 201 37 1828 1 13 23 83 2015
Capitellidae Grube, 1862 193 46 1780 1 13 35 83 2016
Orbiniidae Hartman, 1942 184 25 1758 3 16 32 90 2016
Flabelligeridae de Saint-Joseph, 1894 182 27 1776 6 30 59 80 2016
Siboglinidae Caullery, 1914 178 32 1933 0 0 2 86 2015
Paraonidae Cerruti, 1909 169 10 1879 0 2 10 83 2013
Opheliidae Malmgren, 1867 155 10 1818 4 22 49 85 2015
Amphinomidae Lamarck, 1818 152 22 1766 8 44 81 95 2012
Nephtyidae Grube, 1850 144 6 1780 4 27 52 94 2016
Sabellariidae Johnston, 1865 130 13 1767 5 20 46 91 2015
Aphroditidae Malmgren, 1867 123 12 1758 9 43 77 94 2013
Sphaerodoridae Malmgren, 1867 112 11 1843 1 5 15 80 2016
Pilargidae de Saint-Joseph, 1899 105 13 1758 1 9 25 76 2013
Fabriciidae Rioja, 1923 91 21 1774 1 10 22 89 2014
Oenonidae Kinberg, 1865 90 19 1804 8 35 65 97 2015
Goniadidae Kinberg, 1866 90 12 1833 4 27 59 94 2004
Chrysopetalidae Ehlers, 1864 87 27 1855 0 13 23 74 2015
Glyceridae Grube, 1850 87 3 1776 9 46 67 83 2012
Echiuridae Quatrefages, 1847 79 7 1766 5 25 76 99 2013
Trichobranchidae Malmgren, 1866 78 6 1758 3 21 33 77 2016
Bonelliidae Lacaze-Duthiers, 1858 74 31 1821 1 12 34 97 2015
Chaetopteridae Audouin & Edwards, 1833 73 5 1804 3 26 52 69 2015
Magelonidae Cunningham & Ramage, 1888 67 2 1858 0 5 19 81 2013
Scalibregmatidae Malmgren, 1867 66 16 1843 3 12 26 83 2015
Acoetidae Kinberg, 1856 60 10 1817 5 30 65 97 2008
Euphrosinidae Williams, 1852 59 4 1818 7 29 70 92 2009
Pectinariidae Quatrefages, 1866 57 5 1766 14 40 79 88 2015
Oweniidae Rioja, 1917 55 6 1844 2 18 29 67 2015
Tomopteridae Grube, 1850 52 3 1825 6 34 87 100 1992
Nerillidae Levinsen, 1883 49 14 1848 2 4 20 90 2009
Alciopidae Ehlers, 1864 47 10 1828 10 60 79 100 1991
Acrocirridae Banse, 1969 44 10 1835 2 11 25 84 2012
Protodrilidae Hatschek, 1888 39 4 1868 0 10 33 85 2015
Travisiidae Hartmann-Schröder, 1971 34 1 1840 3 29 65 88 2006
Poecilochaetidae Hannerz, 1956 31 1 1875 0 3 13 90 2009
Sternaspidae Carus, 1863 29 3 1817 7 28 41 45 2015
Cossuridae Day, 1963 26 1 1887 0 4 0 85 2015
Pholoidae Kinberg, 1858 25 5 1776 20 24 0 88 2016
Arenicolidae Johnston, 1835 22 5 1758 14 55 68 96 2001
Eulepethidae Chamberlin, 1919 22 7 1875 0 18 41 86 2011
Fauveliopsidae Hartman, 1971 22 2 1922 0 0 9 86 2014
Saccocirridae Czerniavsky, 1881 22 1 1872 0 5 36 82 2007
Lopadorrhynchidae Claparède, 1870 19 5 1855 0 53 84 100 1978
Typhloscolecidae Uljanin, 1878 17 3 1851 0 53 100 0 1950
Dinophilidae Macalister, 1876 15 3 1848 7 60 80 100 1999
Polygordiidae Czerniavsky, 1881 15 1 1868 0 40 87 100 1999
Trochochaetidae Pettibone, 1963 15 2 1844 13 33 60 87 2013
Histriobdellidae Claus & Moquin-Tandon, 1884 13 3 1858 0 15 39 85 2005
Iphionidae Kinberg, 1856 13 4 1818 8 23 0 92 2014
Lacydoniidae Bergström, 1914 13 1 1875 0 8 15 69 2016
Spintheridae Augener, 1913 12 1 1845 17 33 67 92 2003
Alvinellidae Desbruyères & Laubier, 1986 11 2 1980 0 0 0 100 1993
Longosomatidae Hartman, 1944 7 1 1874 0 14 29 86 2016
Apistobranchidae Mesnil & Caullery, 1898 6 1 1879 0 33 0 100 1978
Psammodrilidae Swedmark, 1952 6 1 1952 0 0 0 50 2015
Aberrantidae Wolf, 1987 4 1 1965 0 0 0 50 2005
Iospilidae Bergström, 1914 4 3 1879 0 75 100 0 1911
Urechidae Monro, 1927 4 1 1852 0 75 100 0 1928
Antonbruunidae Fauchald, 1977 3 1 1965 0 0 0 33 2015
Hartmaniellidae Imajima, 1977 3 1 1977 0 0 0 100 1986
Uncispionidae Green, 1982 3 2 1982 0 0 0 67 2011
Yndolaciidae Støp-Bowitz, 1987 3 3 1987 0 0 0 33 2004
Paralacydoniidae Pettibone, 1963 2 1 1913 0 0 100 0 1923
Parergodrilidae Reisinger, 1925 2 2 1925 0 0 100 0 1934
Protodriloididae Purschke & Jouin, 1988 2 1 1904 0 0 100 0 1926
Ichthyotomidae Eisig, 1906 1 1 1906 0 0 100 0 1906
Ikedidae Bock, 1942 1 1 1904 0 0 100 0 1904
Laetmonectidae Buzhinskaya, 1986 1 1 1986 0 0 0 100 1986
Pontodoridae Bergström, 1914 1 1 1879 0 100 0 0 1879
Total   11,456 1417