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By: Gregory W Rouse(Author), Fredrik Pleijel(Author), Ekin Tilic(Author)
418 pages, colour & b/w photos, b/w line drawings
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Annelids (the segmented worms) exist in a remarkably diverse range of mostly marine but also freshwater and terrestrial habitats, varying greatly in size and form. Annelida provides a fully updated and expanded taxonomic reference work that is a successor to the classic Polychaetes (OUP, 2001) and broadens the scope to encompass wider groups including Clitellata (comprising more than a third of total annelid diversity), Sipuncula, and Thalassematidae (formerly Echiura). It reflects the enormous amount of research on these organisms that has burgeoned since the millennium, principally due to their use as model organisms to address wider and more general evolutionary and ecological questions.

Beginning with a clear introduction to the phylum and an outline of annelid taxonomy, this authoritative text describes their collection, the methods to ensure their optimal preservation, and an overview of anatomy with its relevant terminology. The core of the work comprises 77 fully up-to-date taxonomic chapters, informed by anatomy and the latest molecular phylogenomic evidence and carefully organised based on a new, robust phylogenetic hypothesis. Lavishly illustrated throughout with hundreds of previously unpublished high-resolution colour images and SEM micrographs, the sheer beauty and diversity of the annelids is nowhere better presented.

Annelida is the definitive reference work for annelid biologists, whilst being of interest to a broader audience of invertebrate zoologists, systematists, and organismal biologists.


1. Introduction and Systematics
2. Anatomy
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Protodriliformia
3. Protodrilida Pettibone, 1982
4. Polygordius Schneider, 1868
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata, Phyllodocida, Aphroditiformia
5. Eulepethidae Chamberlin, 1919
6. Aphroditidae Malmgren, 1867
7. Sigalionidae Kinberg, 1856
8. Acoetidae Kinberg, 1856
9. Iphionidae Kinberg, 1856
10. Polynoidae Kinberg, 1856
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata, Phyllodocida (incertae sedis)
11. Syllidae Grube, 1850
12. Nephtyidae Grube, 1850
13. Pilargidae Saint-Joseph, 1899
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata, Phyllodocida, Hesionoidea
14. Chrysopetalidae Ehlers, 1864
15. Hesionidae Grube, 1850
16. Nereididae Johnston, 1865
17. Microphthalmidae Hartmann-Schröder, 1971
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata, Phyllodocida, Glyceriformia
18. Glyceroidea Fauchald, 1977
19. Sphaerodoridae Malmgren, 1867
20. Tomopteridae Johnston, 1865
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata, Phyllodocida, Phyllodociformia
21. Lacydonia Marion, 1874
22. Typhloscolecidae Uljanin, 1878
23. Lopadorrhynchidae Claparède, 1868
24. Phyllodocidae Örsted, 1843
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata, Phyllodocida incertae sedis
25. Paralacydonia Fauvel, 1913
26. Phyllodocida incertae sedis
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata, Eunicida, Oenonoidea
27. Lumbrineridae Schmarda, 1861
28. Oenonidae Kinberg, 1865
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata, Eunicida, Eunicoidea
29. Eunicidae Berthold, 1827
30. Onuphidae Kinberg, 1865
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata, Eunicida incertae sedis
31. Dorvilleidae Chamberlin, 1919
32. Histriobdellidae Claus Moquin-Tandon, 1884
33. Hartmaniella Imajima, 1977
Annelida, Polychaeta, Errantia, Aciculata incertae sedis
34. Spinther Johnston, 1845
35. Myzostomida Graff, 1877
36. Aberranta Wolf, 1987
37. Nerillidae Levinsen, 1883
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Sabellida
38. Sabellidae Latreille, 1825
39. Serpulidae Rafinesque, 1815
40. Fabriciidae Rioja, 1923
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Spionida
41. Sabellariidae Johnston, 1865
42. Spionidae Grube, 1850
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Oligochaeta
43. Aeolosomatidae Levinson, 1884
44. Hrabeiella Pizl and Chalupsky, 1984
45. Clitellata Michaelsen, 1919
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Capitellida
46. Opheliidae Malmgren, 1867
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Capitellida, Capitelliformia
47. Thalassematidae Forbes, Goodsir, 1841
48. Capitellidae Grube, 1862
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Terebellida
49. Scalibregmatidae Malmgren, 1867
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Terebellida, Maldanomorpha
50. Maldanidae Malmgren, 1867
51. Arenicolidae Johnston, 1835
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Terebellida, Terebelliformia
52. Pectinariidae Quatrefages, 1866
53. Alvinellidae Desbruyères and Laubier, 1986
54. Ampharetidae Malmgren, 1866
55. Trichobranchidae Malmgren, 1866
56. Terebellidae Johnston, 1846
57. Melinnidae Chamberlin, 1919
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Cirratulida
58. Heterospio Ehlers, 1875
59. Cirratulidae Ryckholdt, 1851
60. Acrocirridae Banse, 1969
61. Flabelligeridae Saint-Joseph, 1894
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata, Sternaspida
62. Paraonidae Cerruti, 1909
63. Sternaspidae Carus, 1863
64. Fauveliopsidae Hartman, 1971
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Canalipalpata incertae sedis
65. Siboglinidae Caullery, 1914
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria, Orbiniida
66. Orbiniidae Hartman, 1942
67. Parergodrilidae Reisinger, 1925
Annelida, Polychaeta, Sedentaria incertae sedis
68. Cossura Webster and Benedict, 1887
69. Diurodrilidae Kristensen and Niilonen, 1982
Annelida, Polychaeta incertae sedis Dinophiliformia
70. Dinophilidae Macalister, 1876
71. Lobatocerebrum Rieger, 1980
Annelida, no name
72. Amphinomida Lamarck, 1818
73. Sipuncula Stephen, 1964
Annelida, Chaetopteriformia
74. Apistobranchus Levinsen, 1883
75. Psammodrilus Swedmark, 1952
76. Chaetopteridae Audouin and Milne Edwards, 1833
Annelida, Oweniida
77. Oweniidae Rioja, 1917
78. Magelonidae Cunningham and Ramage, 1888

Customer Reviews


Greg W. Rouse is a professor of marine biology and is also curator of the Benthic Invertebrate Collection at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, USA. He specializes in studying the biodiversity, phylogeny, and systematics of marine animals. He has been on numerous oceanographic expeditions involving deep-sea habitats, including whale falls, hydrothermal vents and methane seeps and has been involved in the discovery and naming of more than 150 species, mostly annelids. Prior to joining Scripps, he held research positions at the South Australian Museum and the University of Sydney, and as a research fellow at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., USA.

Fredrik Pleijel is a Senior Researcher at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, Department of Marine Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Sweden. He previously held a position as curator at the Swedish Museum of Natural History, completed a post-doc working mainly on hesionid polychaetes with Kristian Fauchald at the Smithsonian in Washington DC, USA, and was formerly Professor at Muséum national d'Histoire Naturelle in Paris, France.

Ekin Tilic is a postdoctoral researcher working on annelid evolution and morphology at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology, University of Bonn, Germany. A major focus of his research has been the ultrastructure and development of annelid chaetae. He has also been working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, USA and also the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. His current work combines phylogenomic methods to help uncover the evolutionary relationships of annelid taxa while studying their morphology using a variety of bioimaging techniques.

By: Gregory W Rouse(Author), Fredrik Pleijel(Author), Ekin Tilic(Author)
418 pages, colour & b/w photos, b/w line drawings
Media reviews

Reviews of the previous edition:

"This introductory section is succeeded by the detailed comparisons, which are not only excellently illustrated but complemented by a handsome set of colour pictures. [...] Whilst the core of the book is systematic, the overview at the beginning of the book is concise and invaluable. [...] In this magnificent volume Greg Rouse and Fredrik Pleijel present a masterly, fascinating and encyclopaedic summary on this important group of animals."
Geological Magazine

"[This book] is very well presented, with a swag of coloured photographs taken of live animals, some lovely micrographs of this amazing group of animals and line drawings for each family."
Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology

"A book of this nature was clearly an enormous undertaking, and the authors are to be congratulated on the final product [...] will be of immense value to anyone intending to study, or currently investigating, Africa's rich polychaete fauna. [...] 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

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