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Brief Summary

    Brief Summary
    provided by EOL authors

    The Paraonidae is a family of polychaete annelid worms. As treated by Fauchald (1977), this family, which includes fewer than a dozen genera, was one of three families in the order Orbiniida, but in more recent treatments (Read and Fauchald 2012 in World Register of Marine Species database), this order is not recognized and the Paraonidae is one of nine families in the subclass Scolecida.

Diagnostic Description

    description
    provided by World Register of Marine Species
    Body long and slender with lateral parapodia. Prostomium with a single antenna or antennae absent. Branchiae present on a limited number of median setigers in most species. All setae simple, including capillaries and various, usually postbranchial, hooks or otherwise modified setae.

Benefits

    Status
    provided by World Register of Marine Species
    Precedence of Paraonidae (1909) over Levinseniidae Mesnil & Caullery, 1898 is fixed by ICZN opinion ruling (1979)