From adept swimmers with bulging camera-eyes to tube-dwellers equipped with compound eyes, from worms so small they easily slip through a sieve to others that exceed five metres in length, the polychaete worms exemplify the richness, and to some the wonder, of biological diversity. In this magnificent, but alas rather expensive, volume Greg Rouse and Fredrik Pleijel present a masterly, fascinating and encyclopaedic summary on this important group of animals that, together with the more familiar earthworms (oligochaetes) and leeches, comprise the phylum Annelida. Whilst the core of the book is systematic, the overview at the beginning of the book...

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