Preface. nTaxonomy, systematics and evolution: Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and light microscopy (LM) study of important characters in the identification of Sigalionidae (Annelida: Polychaeta); C. Aungtonya. Horizontal distribution pattern of the syllid fauna (Annelida: Polychaeta) in the fringing reef lagoon of Anse Forbans (Seychelles, Mahé) and redescription of the abundant Streptosyllis aequiseta; M. Böggemann, et al. Three new species of interstitial dorvilleids (Annelida: Polychaeta) from the Cymodocea nodosa meadows of the Canary Islands; M.C. Brito, J. Nuñez. Two new species of polychaetes from the sublittoral bottoms off Antofagasta, Northern Chile: Clymenella fauchaldi n. sp. (Maldanidae) and Mooreonuphis colosensis n. sp. (Onuphidae); F.D. Carrasco, M. Palma. A new species of Chaetozone (Polychaeta: Cirratulidae) from deep water in the northeast Atlantic, with comments on the diversity of the genus in cold northern water; S. Chambers, A. Woodham. 13 additional articles. nMorphology: Functional morphology and feeding behaviour of Streblospio benedicti and S. shrubsolii (polychaeta: Spionidae); D.M. Dauer, et al. Morphology and ultrastructure of the anterior end of Diplocirrus longisetosus Marenzeller, 1890 (Flabelligeridae: Polychaeta: Annelida); A.V. Filippova, et al. Novel aspects of the nervous system of Bonellia virdis (Echiura) revealed by the combination of immunochemistry, confocal laser-scanning, microscopy and three-dimensional reconstruction; R. Hessling. Ultrastructural studies of dorsal ciliated organs in Spionidae (Polychaeta: Annelida); J. Jelsing. Chaetae and mechanical function: tools no metazoan class should be without; S.A. Woodin, et al. 2 additional articles. nEcology andlarval biology: Identification of adults and larvae in Spiochaetoprus (Polychaeta: Chaetopteridae): consequences for larval transport and recruitment; M. Bhaud. Ecological aspects of syllids (Annelida: Polychaeta: Syllidae) on Thalassia testudinum beds in Venezuela; D. Bone, G. San Martín. Using indicator species to assess the state of macrobenthic communities; S. Bustos-Baez, C.L.J. Frid. Abundance and diversity patterns of annelids from intertidal sandy beaches in Iceland; J.D. Delgado, et al. Response of Polychaetes to oil spills in naturaql and defaunated subtropical mangrove sediments from Paranaguá Bay (SE Brazil); L.F. Ditzel Faraco, P. da Cunha Lana. 7 additional articles. nAbstracts: The genus Chrysopetalum Ehlers, 1864 in the Pacific coast of Panama; M.T. Aguado, et al. Spatial distribution of soft-bottom polychaetes along the western coast of the northern Adriatic Sea; F. Aleffi, N. Bettoso. Ecology of Armandia longicaudata (Caullery, 1944) in a subtidal sandy bottom in upwelling southeast coast, Brazil; T.C.M. Almeida, et al. Polychaeta: benthic marine biodiversity in the State of São Paulo - BIOTA/FAPESP Program; A.C.Z. Amaral, et al. Testing hypotheses on polychaete species diversity along the Mediterranean and the Black Sea: numbers, patterns, coefficients and environmental variables associated; C. Arvanitidis, et al. 109 additional abstracts.
In July 2001 experts from all around the world met in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss various issues of polychaete biology. In particular the latest developments in cladistic inference of polychaete phylogeny were presented. Some studies applied recent molecular techniques, revealing unknown genetic relationships between the different families of polychaetous annelids. This volume is of interest to specialists and students seeking an introduction to the latest developments in the field of systematics and ecology of polychaetous annelids. This book is one in a series presenting results from the International Polychaete conferences.