New species of Cirratulidae (Annelida) from continental slope and abyssal depths off eastern Australia. In RV Investigator—Abyssal Annelida, ed. E. K. Kupriyanova and L. M. Gunton
Seven new species of Cirratulidae are described from deep waters off the east coast of Australia. Samples were collected as part of the RV Investigator voyage IN2017_V03 in May/June 2017 using a Brenke sledge and 0.25 sq.m box core. Sample depths reported in the present study were from the lower continental slope of about 2100 m to abyssal depths up to 4170 m. These collections provide the first cirratulid polychaetes to be described from deep water off Australia. The new species of Cirratulidae are in the genera Aphelochaeta (2), Chaetocirratulus (2), Chaetozone (2), and Kirkegaardia (1). Each of the new species is compared and contrasted with their known congeners. The bitentaculate Cirratulidae known from abyssal depths of 3000 m and greater are reviewed and discussed.