Terebellomorpha (Polychaeta) collected in the northern Atlantic


The work of the division Infauna is strongly related to research activities of Senckenberg scientist, as well as other national and international research institutes and researchers. We support planning, management, practical work and sample sorting for research expeditions conducted in all parts of the world and studying different marine habitats. Most important expeditions of the last years supported by our division were e.g. IceAGE 1-2, IceAGE-RR, DISCOl, JPIO, MANGAN, DIVA 1-3, ANDEEP, ANDEEP_SYSTCO, KuramBio I and II.

The aim of such expeditions is to gather knowledge about the biodiversity including the genetic diversity in the study area. More specific studies focus on morphology, taxonomy, systematics, ecology, biogeography and evolution of selected species or taxa.

Our research activities at the DZMB in Hamburg focus on marine invertebrates as for example ‘polychaetes’, being marine bristle worms. The taxonomy and morphology of Spionidae is the main subject. Apart from light, confocal and scanning electron microcopy histological methods are undertaken. Current studies investigate the spionid fauna from the Atlantic seamounts, from the Australian shelf and from the North Atlantic Ocean.
In the scope of the IceAGE project species ecology and species distribution are the main focus. By means of species distribution modeling the relationship between the occurrence of a species and the different environmental parameter of their habitat is analyzed. Eventually a species distribution model is formulated and visualized by a prediction map.