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Hydroides of the World

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ISBN 9781032436692
July 3, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
288 Pages 80 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This is the first ever fully-illustrated guide to the species of the notorious biofouling and bioinvasive genus of calcareous tubeworms. Serpulid polychaetes are a unique and highly specialized group of marine segmented worms that has adapted to inhabiting self-secreted calcareous tubes (hence the common name "calcareous tubeworms") attached to a wide range of hard substrates. The genus Hydroides is not only the largest, but is also one of the most ecologically and economically important groups of marine invertebrates. It includes notorious biofoulers and common bioinvaders that travel around the world hitchhiking on ships' hulls and currently includes 99 recognised species. 28 species of which are found in Australia. Reliable identification tools are needed for end-users to distinguish known and cryptic Australian tubeworms from potential alien invaders that constantly arrive from overseas and threaten Australia's maritime transport, trade, and mariculture.

Table of Contents



Table of contents


Histories of studies

General morphology and diagnostic features

Reproduction, development, and life history

Phylogeny and barcoding

Hydroides as a model for biofouling research


Economic and ecological impacts

Key to the species of Hydroides world-wide

Taxonomical account





Species index

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Elena Kupriyanova is a Senior Research Scientist at The Australian Museum, whose research interests are centred on taxonomy, biodiversity, systematics, phylogeny, life history, reproduction, and evolution of marine invertebrates, especially of the polychaete family Serpulidae (calcareous tubeworms).

Yanan Sun is a research student in the Marine Ecology Group at Macquarie University, Australia.

Eunice Wong is a Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Texas at Austin, Texas, USA

Harry ten Hove is an annelidologist working in the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, the Netherlands.