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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 proceed to 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 of 72 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198506089
ISBN-10: 0198506082
Format: Hardback
(285mm x 226mm x 27mm)
Pages: 384
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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