A review of the biology, ecology and potential use of the common ragworm Hediste diversicolor (O.F. Müller) (Annelida: Polychaeta)

  title={A review of the biology, ecology and potential use of the common ragworm Hediste diversicolor (O.F. M{\"u}ller) (Annelida: Polychaeta)},
  author={Patrick Scaps},
  • P. Scaps
  • Published 1 February 2002
  • Environmental Science, Biology
  • Hydrobiologia
AbstractThe common ragworm Hediste diversicolor inhabits the shallow marine and brackish waters in the North Temperate Zone of the Atlantic. [] Key Result In addition, inter-population morphological, biochemical and physiological differences have been noticed in individuals from different areas and different environmental conditions in the same areas and could be related to the limited dispersal capacity of the species. H. diversicolor interacts with its environment. The construction of burrows by…

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The oogenic cycle of Nereis diversicolor (O. F. Müller, 1776) (Annelida: Polychaeta) in shallow water environments in southwestern Portugal

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Phylogeography and cryptic introduction of the ragworm Hediste diversicolor (Annelida, Nereididae) in the Northwest Atlantic

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Phylogeography of the common ragworm Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae) reveals cryptic diversity and multiple colonization events across its distribution

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Filter-feeding behavior of three Asian Hediste species (Polychaeta : Nereididae)

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Species interactions in soft sediments: Factors in the distribution of Nereis (Hediste) diversicolor in the Tamar estuary

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Divergence of reproductive and developmental characteristics in Hediste (Polychaeta: Nereididae)

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Allozyme Evidence of Genetic Differentiation Between Populations of Hediste Diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae) from the Western Mediterranean

  • M. AbbiatiF. Maltagliati
  • Biology, Environmental Science
    Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • 1996
Reduced gene flow among H. diversicolor populations may be explained by its limited dispersal capacity and the eco-physiological barriers that occur between different brackish habitats.

Genetic differentiation in Hediste diversicolor (Polychaeta: Nereididae) for the North Sea and the Baltic Sea

There appear to be two different genetic types which are parapatric or sympatric in some places in Hediste diversicolor populations, regardless of whether found in the North Sea or Baltic Sea.

Larval-to-juvenile mobility activities of a holobenthic species, Nereis diversicolor (O. F. Müller)(Polychaeta : Nereidae)-their involvement in recruitment

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Allozyme electrophoretic analysis of the Hediste limnicola — H. diversicolor — H. japonica species complex (Polychaeta: Nereididae)

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Réponses comportementales des polychètes Nereis diversicolor (O.F. Müller) et Nereis virens (Sars) aux stimuli d'ordre alimentaire : utilisation de la matière organique particulaire (algues et halophytes)

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Life cycle, growth and production in estuarine populations of the polychaetes Nereis virens and N. diversicolor

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The reproduction and larval development of Nereis diversicolor O. F. Müller

  • R. P. Dales
  • Biology
    Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom
  • 1950
The reproduction and development of the larva of N. diversicolor O. Miiller is given, which is dioecious, and both sexes become green at maturity, but may be distinguished externally.