Polychaete textbook?

Geoff Read gread at actrix.gen.nz
Sat Sep 4 18:49:09 EST 1999


Matthew R. Lee wrote:
>     I have a simple question (famous last words) I'm looking for a
> polychaete textbook, covering the biology/ecology of polychaetes.  I'm
> looking for general information on life cycles, reproductive modes,
> growth, physiology (with respect to environmental variables (salinity
> temp. etc.)), you get the picture.  Any recommendations?

I don't think there is anything like that available, but any modern textbook 
on invertebrates should have a polychaete chapter, and similarly any 
book on benthic ecology should have a lot of polychaete examples (e.g., 
Gray, J. S. 1981: The Ecology of Marine Sediments. Cambridge 
University Press.).  

Recommended reading lists could be produced for any one of the topics 
mentioned. Reproduction is particularly diverse in polychaetes so it would 
help to narrow the field of interest there first.   Some  general works to 
investigate are:    

Fauvel, P. 1959: Classe des Annelides Polychetes Annelida Polychaeta 
(Grube, 1851). In: Grasse, P.-P. ed. Traite de Zoologie. Anatomie, 
Systematique, Biologie. Paris, Masson et Cie. Vol. 5. Pp. 13-196.  

Dales, R. P. 1963: Annelids. London, Hutchinson University Library. 1st 
ed [2nd Ed 1967]  

Schroeder, P. C.; Hermans, C. O. 1975: Annelida: Polychaeta. In: 
Giese, A. C.; Pearse, J. S. ed. Reproduction of Marine Invertebrates, 
Vol. 3 Annelids and echiurans. London, Academic Press. Pp. 1-213  

Mill, P. J. 1978: Physiology of Annelids. Academic Press. 683 pp  

Giangrande, A. 1997: Polychaete reproductive patterns, life cycles and 
life histories: an overview. Oceanography and Marine Biology: an Annual 
Review 35: 323-386.  

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   Geoff Read <gread at actrix.gen.nz>


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