Abstract:

This poster was presented at the 11th International Polychaete Conference in Sydney, 4 to 9 August 2013

In 2003, 1,217 polychaete species were known from Australian waters, mostly from shallow southeastern waters. Here we review advances in the past 10 years, based on significant new collections from northern and northwestern Australia. This review is based on species richness estimates in 25 families.
Aims

  • To review advances in taxonomic knowledge of Australian polychaetes over the past 10 years.
  • To identify Australian regions where collections are generating most new taxa.
  • To estimate numbers of morphospecies awaiting description.
  • To promote incompletely-studied collections and their availability to researchers undertaking taxonomic revisions.
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