Annelida

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Annelida Authors: , , Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Oxford University Press Illustrations and other contents: 155 colour line figures and illustrations and 16 pages of colour gallery illustrations Language: English ISBN: 9780199692309 Categories: , , , , , Tag:

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 which broadens the scope of the classic Polychaetes (OUP, 2001) to encompass wider groups including Clitellata (comprising more than a third of total annelid diversity), Sipuncula, and Thalassematidae (formerly Echiura). Itreflects 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 Lavishly illustrated throughout with hundreds of previously unpublished high-resolution colour images and SEM micrographs, the sheer beauty and diversity of the annelids is nowhere better presented.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.

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Review from previous edition In this magnificent volume, Rouse and Pleijel present a masterly, fascinating and encyclopaedic summary on an important group of animals. Whilst the core of the book is systematic, the overview at the beginning of the book is concise and invaluable...this introductory section is then succeeded by detailed comparisons, which are not only excellently illustrated but complemented by a handsome set of colour pictures. * 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 ...it 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 *