This species is commonly regarded as having a cosmopolitan distribution. Thorough examination of specimens however casts doubt on this as there are at least three species in Northern Europe alone that were before mistakingly identified as Melinna cristata.
- Mackie, A. S. Y. & Pleijel, F. (1995). A review of the Melinna cristata-species group (Polychaeta: Ampharetidae) in the northeastern Atlantic. Mitteilungen aus dem Hamburgischen Zoologischen Museum und Institut 92:103-124.
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