Peer-reviewed publications


Jourde J, Lavesque N, Labrune C, Humbert S, Lamarque B, Sauriau P-G, Meißner K (in review). First French records and northernmost distribution of two spionid species (NE Atlantic, Bay of Biscay; Mediterranean, Gulf of Lions). Zoosymposia Special Issue dedicated to the Proceedings of the 13th International Polychaete Conference.

Guggolz T, Meißner K, Schwentner M, Dahlgren TG, Wiklund H, Bonifácio P, Brandt A (in review). High diversity and pan-oceanic distribution of deep-sea polychaetes: Prionospio and Aurospio (Annelida: Spionidae) in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean

Meißner K, Götting M, Nygren A (2019). Do we know who they are? On the identity of Pholoe (Annelida: Sigalionidae: Pholoinae) species from northern Europe. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, XX, 1–29.

Guggolz T, Meißner K, Schwentner M, Brandt A (2019). Diversity and distribution of Laonice species (Annelida: Spionidae) in the tropical North Atlantic and Puerto Rico Trench. Scientific Reports 9: 9260.

Capa M, Nygren A, Parapar J, Bakken T, Meißner K, Moreira J (2019). Systematic re-structure and new species of Sphaerodoridae (Annelida) after morphological revision and molecular phylogenetic analyses of the North East Atlantic fauna. ZooKeys 845: 1-97.


Budaeva N, Capa M, Nygren A, Alvestad T, Meißner K, Götting M, Felipe L, Hernández M, Bakken T, Oug E, Kongsrud J (2019). Cryptic diversity and genetic connectivity in the deep-sea annelids across the Greenland-Iceland-Scotland Ridge. 13th International Polychaete Conference 2019, 5-9 August, Long Beach, L.A., USA, oral presentation (abstract in conference programme, p.24)

Lavesque N, Jourd J, Humbert S, Lamarque B, Sauriau P-G, Meißner K (2019). First records and northernmost distribution of two spionids species (NE Atlantic, Bay of Biscay). 13th International Polychaete Conference 2019, 5-9 August, Long Beach, L.A., USA, poster presentation (abstract in conference programme, p.49)

Budaeva N, Alvestad T, Bakken T, Capa M, Meißner K, Nygren A, Oug E, Kongsrud J (2019). DNA barcoding reveals cryptic diversity and genetic connectivity in the deep-sea annelids across the Greenland-Scotland Ridge. 8th international Barcode of Life Conference 2019, 17-20 June, Trondheim, Norway, poster presentation (abstract in conference programme, p.78)



Capa M, Bakken T, Meißner K, Nygren A. (2018). Three, two, one! Revision of the long-bodied sphaerodorids (Sphaerodoridae, Annelida) and synonymization of Ephesiella, Ephesiopsis and Sphaerodorum. PeerJ 6, e5783.

Bick A, Bastrop R, Kotta J, Meißner K, Meyer M, Syomin V. (2018). Description of a new species of Sabellidae (Polychaeta, Annelida) from fresh and brackish waters in Europe, with some remarks on the branchial crown of Laonome. Zootaxa 4483 (2), 349–364.

Hintze K, Meißner K, Bick A. (2018). Redescription of P. dorsipapillatus (von Marenzeller, 1893) and additional comments on the other species in the genus Pholoides Pruvot, 1895 (Polychaeta: Sigalionidae). Zootaxa; Vol 4450(1), 091–107.

Nygren A, Parapar J, Pons J, Meißner K, Bakken T, Kongsrud JA, Oug E, Gaeva D, Sikorski A, Johansen RA, Hutchings PA, Lavesque N, Capa M. (2018). A mega-cryptic species complex hidden among one of the most common annelids in the North East Atlantic. Plos One 13, e0198356.

Meißner K., Brix S., Halanych K.M., Jażdżewska A.M. (2018). Preface—biodiversity of Icelandic waters. Marine Biodiversity 48(2), 715-718.

Bogantes V., Halanych K.M., Meißner K. (2018). Diversity and evolution of North Atlantic Laonice Malmgren 1867 (Spionidae, Annelida) including description of a novel species. Marine Biodiversity 48(2), 737–749.



Brandt, A., Scholz J., Allspach A., Brenke N., Brix S., George K.H., Hörnschemeyer T., Holst S., Hoppenrath M., Iwan F., Janssen A., Janssen R., Janussen D., Jeskulke K., Fiege D., Kaiser S., Kieneke A., Kihara T.C., Kröncke I., Krupp F., Martha S.O., Martínez Arbizu P.M., Meißner K., Miljutina M., Miljutin D., Renz J., Riehl T., Saeedi H., Siegler V., Sonnewald M., Stuckas H., Veit-Köhler G. (online first 2017). 200 Years of Marine Research at Senckenberg – Selected Highlights. Marine Biodiversity 48, 159–178.

Blake J., Maciolek N. & Meißner K. (online first 2017). Handbook of Zoology: Spionidae Grube, 1850. In: Schmidt-Rhaesa A. (ed) A Natural History of the Phyla of the Animal Kingdom, Annelida: Polychaeta, De Gruyter, Berlin, Boston, 109 pp.

Guggolz T., Lins L., Meißner K., Brandt A. (online first 2017). Biodiversity and distribution of polynoid and spionid polychaetes (Annelida) in the Vema Fracture Zone, tropical North Atlantic. Deep-Sea Research II, 148, 54-63.

Meißner, K., Bick, A., Götting, M. (online first 2016 2017). Arctic Pholoe (Polychaeta, Pholoidae): when integrative taxonomy helps to sort out barcodes. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 179(2), 237–262.



Huettmann, F., Riehl, T., Meißner, K. (2016). Paradise lost already? A naturalist interpretation of the pelagic avian and marine mammal detection database of the IceAGE cruise off Iceland and Faroe Islands in fall 2011. Environment, Systems and Decisions 36 (1), 45–61.



Meißner, K. & Götting, M. (2015). Spionidae (‘Polychaeta’: Canalipalpata) from Lizard Island (Great Barrier Reef, Australia): the genera Malacoceros, Scolelepis, Spio, Microspio, and Spiophanes. Zootaxa [Special Issue] 4019 (1), 378-413.

Guggolz, T., Henne, S., Politi, Y., Schütz, R., Masic, A., Müller, C.H.G., Meißner, K. (2015). Histochemical evidence of β-chitin in parapodial glandular organs and tubes of Spiophanes (Annelida, Sedenteria: Spionidae), and first studies on selected Annelida. Journal of Morphology 276, 1433–1447.

Rößger, A., Meißner, K., Bick, A., Müller, C.H.G. (2015). Histological and ultrastructural reconstruction of ventral epidermal glands of Spio (Polychaeta, Spionidae, Annelida). Zoomorphology 134 (3), 367-382.

Lavesque, N., Bonifacio, P., Meißner, K., Blanchet, H., Gouillieux, B., Dubois, S., Bachelet, G. (2015). First records of Spio symphyta and Spio martinensis (Polychaeta: Spionidae) in Arcachon Bay (NE Atlantic). Marine Biodiversity 45, 77­–86.

Janssen, A., Kaiser, S., Meißner, K., Brenke, N., Menot, L., Martínez Arbízu, P. (2015). Reverse taxonomy reveals long-range distribution of abyssal species on polymetallic nodule fields: A comparison of the polychaete and isopod faunas between the French and German Exploration License Areas in the Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ, NE-equatorial Pacific). PLoS ONE 10(2), e0117790.



Meißner, K., Bick, A., Guggolz, T., Götting, M. (2014). Spionidae (Polychaeta: Canalipalpata: Spionida) from seamounts in the NE Atlantic. Zootaxa, 3786(3), 201-245.

Meißner, K., Fiorentino, D., Schnurr, S., Martinez, P., Huettmann, F., Holst, S., Brix, S. & Svavarsson, J. (2014). Distribution of marine benthic invertebrates at northern latitudes ― an evaluation applying multi-algorithm species distribution models. Journal of Sea Research 85, 241-254.

Meißner, K., Brenke, N., Svavarsson, J. (2014). Description of benthic habitats around Iceland investigated during the IceAGE expeditions. Polish Polar Research (special issue IceAGE project) 35(2), 177-202.

Budaeva, N., Pyataeva, S., Meißner, K. (2014). Development of the deep-sea viviparous quill worm Leptoecia vivipara (Hyalinoeciinae, Onuphidae, Annelida). Invertebrate Biology 133 (3), 242–260.



Svavarsson, J., Meißner, K., Hoffmann, S., Díaz Agras, G., Fiege, D., Fiorentino, D., Murray, A., Riehl, T., Brenke, N., Jennings, R., Mikkelsen, N., Blazewicz, M. Haraldsdóttir, S. & Brix, S. (2012). Makrofauna (Infauna, Epifauna). In S. Brix et al.: Overflow, Circulation and Biodiversity Cruise No. 85, Leg 3 August 27 – September 28, 2011 Reykjavik (Iceland) – Cuxhaven (Germany). METEOR-Berichte.

Meißner, K., Bick, A. & Müller, C.M. (2012). Parapodial glandular organs in Spiophanes (Polychaeta: Spionidae) – studies on their anatomy and ultrastructure. Journal of Morphology 273, 291–311.



Meißner, K., Bick, A. & Bastrop, R. (2011). On the identity of Spio filicornis (O.F. Müller, 1776) – with the designation of a neotype, and the description of two new species from the North East Atlantic Ocean based on morphological and genetic studies. Zootaxa 2815, 1-27.

Bick, A. & Meißner, K. (2011). Redescription of four species of Spio and Microspio (Polychaeta, Spionidae) from the Kuril Islands and Peter the Great Bay, northwest Pacific. Zootaxa 2968, 39-56.

Greaves, E., Meißner, K. & Wilson, R. (2011). New Laonice species (Polychaeta: Spionidae) from western and northern Australia. Zootaxa 2903, 1-20.



Bick, A., Otte, K. & Meißner, K. (2010). A contribution to the taxonomy of Spio (Spionidae, Polychaeta, Annelida) occurring in the North and Baltic Seas, with a key to species recorded in this area. Marine Biodiversity 40(3), 161-180.



Meißner, K. & Blank, M. (2009). Spiophanes norrisi sp. nov. (Polychaeta: Spionidae) – a new species from the NE Pacific coast, separated from the Spiophanes bombyx complex based on both morphological and genetic studies. Zootaxa 2278, 1-25.

Meißner, K. & Darr, A. (2009). Distribution of Magelona spp. (Polychaeta: Magelonidae) in the German Bight (North Sea) – a modelling approach. – Proceedings of the 9th International Polychaete Conference held in Portland, USA from 12-17 Aug 2007. Zoosymposia 2, 567-586.



Meißner, K., Darr, A. & Rachor, E. (2008). Development of habitat models for Nephtys spp. (Polychaeta: Nephtyidae) in the German Bight (North Sea). Journal of Sea Research 60, 271-286.

Meißner, K. (2008). Polychaeta. In: IfAÖ GmbH & AWI Autökologischer Atlas benthischer wirbelloser Tiere in der Deutschen Nord- und Ostsee., Version 1.1. CD-ROM im Auftrag des BMU, FKZ 0329997.



Meißner, K. & Sordyl, H. (2006). Literature Review of Offshore Wind Farms with Regard to Benthic Communities and Habitats. – In: Zucco, C., Wende, W., Merck, T., Köchling, I. & Köppel, J. (eds.): Ecological Research on Offshore Wind Farms: International Exchange of Experiences – PART A: Assessment of ecological impacts. BfN-Skripten 171, 45-47.

Meißner, K. & Sordyl, H. (2006). Literature Review of Offshore Wind Farms with Regard to Benthic Communities and Habitats. – In: Zucco, C., Wende, W., Merck, T., Köchling, I. & Köppel, J. (eds.): Ecological Research on Offshore Wind Farms: International Exchange of Experiences – PART B: Literature Review of the Ecological Impacts of Offshore Wind Farms. BfN-Skripten 186: 1-45.



Meißner, K. & Bick, A. (2005). Atherospio guillei (Laubier and Ramos, 1974) comb. nov. (Polychaeta: Spionidae) and closest relatives. Zoologischer Anzeiger 244, 115-123.

Meißner, K. (2005). Revision of the genus Spiophanes (Polychaeta: Spionidae); with new synonymies, new records and descriptions of new species. Zoosystematics and Evolution (formerly: Mitteilungen aus dem Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin, Zoologische Reihe) 81 (1), 3-66.



Meißner, K. & Hutchings, P. (2003). Spiophanes species (Polychaeta: Spionidae) from Eastern Australia – with descriptions of new species, new records and an emended generic diagnosis. Records of the Australian Museum 55, 117-140.



Meißner, K. (2001). Infestation patterns of microphallid trematodes in Corophium volutator (Amphipoda). Journal of Sea Research 45, 141-151.



Meißner, K. & Schaarschmidt, T. (2000). Ecophysiological studies of Corophium volutator (Pallas, 1766) (Amphipoda) infested by microphallid trematodes. Marine Ecology Progress Series 202, 143-151.



Meißner, K. & Bick, A. (1999). Mortality of Corophium volutator (Amphipoda) caused by infestation with Maritrema subdolum (Digenea, Microphallidae) – laboratory studies. Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 35, 47-52.

Meissner, K. & Bick, A. (1999). Laboratory studies of parasite transmission aspects between Hydrobia spp. (Gastropoda) and Corophium volutator (Amphipoda). International Review of Hydrobiology 84, 61-72.



Bick, A., Meißner, K. & Zettler, M.L. (1997). Variability in time and space of Corophium volutator (Corophiidae, Amphipoda) infestation by digenetic trematode larvae – causes and effects. Rostocker Meeresbiologische Beiträge 5, 53-67.

Meißner, K. & Bick, A. (1997). Population dynamics and ecoparasitological surveys of Corophium volutator in coastal waters in the Bay of Mecklenburg (southern Baltic Sea). Diseases of Aquatic Organisms 29, 169-179.


Nicht begutachtete Publikationen / not peer-reviewed


Meißner K. & Brix S. (2018). Das IceAGE-Projekt – Marinen Lebewesen rund um Island auf der Spur. Senckenberg Natur, Forschung, Museum 148, 123-129.


Brix, S., Meißner, K., Stransky, B., Halanych, K.M., Jennings, R.M., Kocot, K.M., Svavarsson, J. (2014). The IceAGE project – a follow up of BIOICE. Polish Polar Research (special issue IceAGE project) 35(2), 141-150.


Meißner, K., Bockhold, J. & Sordyl, H. (2007). Problem Kabelwärme? – Vorstellung der Ergebnisse von Feldmessungen der Meeresbodentemperatur im Bereich der elektrischen Kabel im dänischen Offshore-Windpark Nysted Havmøllepark (Dänemark). In: Meeres­umwelt-Symposium 2006. Hrsg. Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Umweltbundesamt und dem Bundesamt für Naturschutz im Auftrag des Bundesministeriums für Umwelt, Naturschutz und Reaktorsicherheit. Hamburg und Rostock.