The Meiofauna of the Galápagos

A Review
  • Wilfried Westheide
Part of the Topics in Geobiology book series (TGBI, volume 8)


About three hundred and ninety species of the marine meiofauna of the Galápagos Islands in fourteen higher invertebrate taxa are known. These animals are usually found living between sand grains on sandy beaches throughout the archipelago. The number of endemic genera and species is difficult to estimate due to inadequate comparative work in the eastern Pacific. It is supposed that only a smaller part of those approximately 300 taxa described from the Galápagos as new to science are endemic to the islands. Almost 90% of the Galápagos meiofauna species were reported by the Göttingen Galapagos Meiofauna Expedition.


Sandy Beach Copulatory Organ Beach Slope Galapagos Island Humboldt Current 
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  • Wilfried Westheide
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  1. 1.Systematic Zoology, Department of Biology/ChemistryUniversity of OsnabrückOsnabrückFederal Republic of Germany

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