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Symbiotic polychaetes: review of known species
Martin, D.; Britayev, T.A. (1998). Symbiotic polychaetes: review of known species. Oceanogr. Mar. Biol. Ann. Rev. 36: 217-340
In: Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review. Aberdeen University Press/Allen & Unwin: London. ISSN 0078-3218, more
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  • Martin, D.
  • Britayev, T.A.

Abstract
    Although there have been numerous isolated studies and reports of symbioticrelationships of polychaetes and other marine animals, the only previous attempt to provide an overview of these phenomena among the polychaetes come from the1950s, with no more than 70 species of symbionts being very briefly treated.Based on the available literature and on our own field observations, we compiled alist of the mentions of symbiotic polychaetes known to date. Thus, the presentreview includes 292 species of commensal polychaetes from 28 families involvedin 713 relationships and 81 species of parasitic polychaetes from 13 familiesinvolved in 253 relationships. When possible, the main characteristic features ofsymbiotic polychaetes and their relationships are discussed. Among them, weinclude systematic accounts, distribution within host groups, host specificity,intra-host distribution, location on the host, infestation prevalence and intensity,and morphological, behavioural and/or physiological and reproductive adaptations.When appropriate, the possible directions for further research are also indicated.

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