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Morphology, Molecules, Evolution and Phylogeny in Polychaeta and Related Taxa

  • T. Bartolomaeus
  • G. Purschke
  • Reflects the state of the art in Polychaete polychaete sciences


Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 179)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Günter Purschke
    Pages 53-78
  3. Lars Orrhage, Monika C.M. Müller
    Pages 79-111
  4. Alexander B. Tzetlin, Anna V. Filippova
    Pages 113-126
  5. Reinhard M. Rieger, Günter Purschke
    Pages 127-137
  6. Thomas Bartolomaeus, Bjoörn Quast
    Pages 139-165
  7. Greg W. Rouse
    Pages 167-178
  8. Kevin J. Eckelbarger
    Pages 179-198
  9. Alexander Tzetlin, Günter Purschke
    Pages 199-225
  10. Eve C. Southward, Anja Schulze, Stephen L. Gardiner
    Pages 227-251
  11. Igor Eeckhaut, Deéborah Lanterbecq
    Pages 253-275
  12. Anja Schulze1, Edward B. Cutler1, Gonzalo Giribet1
    Pages 277-296
  13. Damhnait McHugh
    Pages 309-318
  14. Katrine Worsaae, Reinhardt Møbjerg Kristensen
    Pages 319-340
  15. Thomas Bartolomaeus, Günter Purschke, Harald Hausen
    Pages 341-356

About this book


Recently, evidence has been accumulated which shows that some of the groups formerly regarded as independent "phyla" such as Pogonophora (now recognized as Siboglinidae), Echiura, Myzostomida and perhaps Sipuncula, are most probably nothing else than greatly modified Annelida. The extreme morphological diversity found especially in Polychaeta displays the plasticity of a simple segmented organisation that basically is nothing else but a serial repetition of identical units. Thus, annelids are highly important to our understanding of fundamental questions about morphological and adaptive diversity, as well as clarifying evolutionary changes and phylogenetic relationships.

The book aims to summarize our knowledge on Polychaetes polychaetes and their allies and gives an overview of recent advances gained by studies that employed conventional and modern methods plus, increasingly and importantly, the use of molecular markers and computer-assisted kinship analyses. It also reflects the state of art in polychaete sciences and presents new questions and controversies. As such it will significantly influence the direction of research on Polychaeta and their related taxa.


Annelida Evolution Invertebrates Metazoa Molecular Phylogeny Protostomia development morphology nervous system oogenesis phylogeny the origin Model invertebrates

Editors and affiliations

  • T. Bartolomaeus
    • 1
  • G. Purschke
    • 2
  1. 1.Freie Universität BerlinGermany
  2. 2.Universität OsnabrückGermany

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