Polychaetes by Gregory Rouse


byGregory Rouse, Fredrik Pleijel

Hardcover | August 1, 2001

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Polychaetes comprise the bulk of the diversity of Annelida (segmented worms) and are found in nearly every marine habitat, from intertidal algal mats to the deepest sediments. Since being formally named by Linnaeus in 1758 the number of accepted species level taxa has grown to around 9000,though it is certain that there are many more polychaetes to be described and that their importance in the diversity of marine animals will be increasingly recognised. After an introduction outlining the history of polychaete study, and a summary of the book's taxonomic layout, the authors proceedto discuss the methods of polychaete collection and how best to preserve them. This is followed by an overview of polychaete anatomy (with relevant terminology), and a discussion of polychaete systematics, fossils, and ideas about the phylogeny of the group. The remainder of the text is comprised of72 taxonomic chapters that provide unprecedented coverage of polychaete diversity. Lavishly illustrated with colour plates, the beauty and variety of polychaetes has nowhere been better shown.

About The Author

Gregory Rouse is at the School of Environmental Biology, University of Adelaide and South Australian Museum, Adelaide. Fredrik Pleijel is at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris.

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Title:PolychaetesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:362 pages, 10.87 × 8.62 × 1.06 inPublished:August 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198506082

ISBN - 13:9780198506089

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPolychaete systematicsPolychaete anatomy1. Scolecida2. Palpata, Aciculata, Phyllodocida, Aphrodidiformia3. Palpata, Aciculata, Phyllodocida, Nereidiformia4. Palpata, Aciculata, Phyllodocida, unplaced5. Palpata, Aciculata, Amphinomida6. Palpata, Aciculata, Eunicida7. Palpata, Aciculata unplaced8. Palpata, Canalipalpata, Sabellida9. Palpata, Canalipalpata, Terebellida, Cirratuliformia10. Palpata, Canalipalpata, Terebellida, Terebelliformia11. Palpata, Canalipalpata, Spionida12. Palpata, Canalipalpata unplaced13. 'Polychaetes' incertae sedisGlossaryReferencesIndex

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`... chapters are informative and are excellent as a quick reference for information on any taxon. If more detail is needed, readers will find the text well referenced.'African Zoology