Marine Invertebrates II

Morphology and diversity of Sternaspidae

The morphology of Sternaspis scutata (Ranzani, 1817) was studied by Bernhild Bütfering for her master thesis using scanning electron microscopy and focusing on the integument, musculature, nervous system,digestive system, segmental organs, reproductive system, and the circulatory system. 

Results were analysed and compared with the literature. A review of the Sternaspidae was prepared for the new edition of the Handbook of Zoology.


Fiege, D. & Bütfering, B. (2000): SEM-investigations on the morphology and anatomy of Sternaspis scutata (Ranzani, 1817) (Annelida: Polychaeta). – In: Reish, D.J. & Lana, P. (eds.): Proc. 6th Intern. Polychaete Conference, Curitiba. Bull. Mar. Sci. 67 (1): 662-663.

Fiege, D. (2016): Sternaspidae Carus, 1863. In: Handbook of Zoology Online. Annelida: Polychaetes. Westheide, W. & Purschke, G. (Eds.), De Gruyter, Berlin. 17p. Retrieved from (published online ahead of print).

Fiege, D. (2019): Sternaspidae Carus, 1863. In: Handbook of Zoology. Annelida: Basal Groups and Pleistoannelida, Sedentaria I. Purschke, G., Böggemann, M. & Westheide, W. (Eds.), De Gruyter, Berlin. Vol. 1: 440-457.