This species was considered a junior synonym of Melinna cristata but subsequently re-established by Mackie & Pleijel (1995) after thorough examination of northern European material.
- Mackie, A. S. Y. and 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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