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Original SubmissionNovember 6, 2019
Decision Letter - Marcos Rubal García, Editor

PONE-D-19-30964

On the genus Sabidius Strelzov, 1973 (Annelida: Paraonidae), with a redescription of the type species and the description of a new species.

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Reviewer #1: The goals of the paper are plenty achieved with the material studied, the mthods applies and the results obtained; however, their importance is only of limted reach. Without considering whether it merits publication in this journal or in any other directly devoted to taxonomy, some flaws muts be fixed before acceptance. First of all, English language needs a thorough revisión in the abstract and discussion headings. Also figures need some reworking; wheras map are of good quality and SEM photogrphas are superb, ink drawings are of por quality and need to be worked out.

Reviewer #2: The review was made in the attached PDF document.

The manuscript provides a redescription of the type species of the polychaete genus Sabidius and description of a new species from Brazil. In general, it is well-written, the morphological characters used to designate the new species are well-defined and appropriate considering the current knowledge on paraonids, and the species are illustrated with both line drawings and SEM images. However, I have provided suggestions to improve the reading and the descriptions. One major edition that the authors should follow is the style of the description. It is common practice in taxonomy that the descriptions are based on the holotypes and the variation should be reported for the paratypes (either within parentheses or within the text).

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Revision 1

Reviewer 1: The goals of the paper are plenty achieved with the material studied, the methods applies and the results obtained; however, their importance is only of limited reach. Without considering whether it merits publication in this journal or in any other directly devoted to taxonomy, some flaws must be fixed before acceptance. First of all, English language needs a thorough revision in the abstract and discussion headings. Also figures need some reworking; whereas map are of good quality and SEM photographs are superb, ink drawings are of poor quality and need to be worked out.

NR: One of the main goals in zoology is to understand the relationships between different metazoan taxa. Researchers estimate that only half of the total diversity of annelids has been described. Only describing new species we can fully understand the phylogenetic relationships within each phylum. Describing new species and new morphological features can help to create new hypothesis of phylogenetic relationships within the family Paraonidae and in the Annelida phylogeny. For the family Paraonidae, most of the specimens available in the museums were fixed with formalin, what makes hard gene extraction for molecular analysis. This highlights the importance of morphological research and description of new species. English language has been reviewed. The drawings were modified, although they loose quality when converted into pdf format.

Reviewer 2: The manuscript provides a redescription of the type species of the polychaete genus Sabidius and description of a new species from Brazil. In general, it is well-written, the morphological characters used to designate the new species are well-defined and appropriate considering the current knowledge on paraonids, and the species are illustrated with both line drawings and SEM images. However, I have provided suggestions to improve the reading and the descriptions. One major edition that the authors should follow is the style of the description. It is common practice in taxonomy that the descriptions are based on the holotypes and the variation should be reported for the paratypes (either within parentheses or within the text).

NR: The style of the description was modified as suggested.

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Decision Letter - Marcos Rubal García, Editor

On the genus Sabidius Strelzov, 1973 (Annelida: Paraonidae), with a redescription of the type species and the description of a new species.

PONE-D-19-30964R1

Dear Dr. Ranauro,

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Formally Accepted
Acceptance Letter - Marcos Rubal García, Editor

PONE-D-19-30964R1

On the genus Sabidius Strelzov, 1973 (Annelida: Paraonidae), with a redescription of the type species and the description of a new species.

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