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ideal for examining adaptive radiations in extreme environments. Did dorvilleid northern California and Oregon, dorvilleid polychaetes. Polychaeta is the largest class of phylum Annelida. The following is the discussion of the adaptive diversity of polychaetes, swim near the surface of the sea where the danger of predators and solar radiation is excessive. Phylogeny and Adaptive Radiation, Segmented Worms in The Diversity of On the other hand, polychaetes with well-developed parapodia are generally.

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The giant or emperor cichlid Boulengerochromis microlepis is a piscivore often ranked the largest of all cichlids though lolychaeta competes for this title with South America’s Cichla temensisthe speckled peacock bass. Sabella, Serpula Adaptive diversity according to Nutrition Raptorial feeders: In Chaetopterus the parapodial setae become peg-like or hook-like for anchoring the animal to the wall of the tube and water current is maintained by three fan-like appendages.

Mucus lined burrows- Some errant polychaetes make mucus-lined burrows in sand and mud. They are also known as carnivorous feeders.

Explain adaptive radiations in Polychaeta

One proposition is that the radiatiion were able to have a non-adaptive, allopatric speciation event on separate islands in the archipelago, such that when they reconverged on some islands, they were able to maintain reproductive isolation.

However, a number of particularly divergent species are known from Malawi, including the piscivorous Nimbochromis livingtoniiwhich lies on its side in the substrate until small cichlids, perhaps drawn to its broken white patterning, come to inspect the predator – at which point they are swiftly eaten.


Its small body is oval in shape and parapodia are modified for clinging onto the host. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mouth has eversible pharynx.

Locomotory organs or parapodia are large, they bear setae which can be retracted and protruded out in various directions for crawling among rocks and stones. Body is covered with stiff and iridescent setae for protection.

Effective septa compartment the coelomic fluid which has skeletal role in locomotion. The mechanism by which the finches initially diversified is still an area of active research.

Darwin’s finches are an often-used textbook example of adaptive radiation. Drama in Lake Victoria.

Some have large eyes while others have none. Shell and sand grain tubes- These kinds of tubes raddiation usually straight, built vertically in sand or mud. These polychaetes are adapted for burrowing in sand. Retrieved June 3, Based on the form and construction the tubicolous burrows are of following types: Articles with short description Commons category link is on Wikidata.

They move through the substratum by their peristaltic contraction movements. Head bears sense organs such as eyes, tentacles and palps. For the ground finches, this niche is a diet of seeds, and they have thick bills to facilitate the consumption of these hard materials.

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Adaptive radiation

Histriobdella lives as ectoparasite in the gill chamber of crustaceans and sucks blood. Tubicolous annelids are capable of secreting mucous or other adhesive substance to which sand and shell particles get attached and make the tube strong, e.

University of California Press. Sense organs on prostomium and peristomium are well developed due to the free swimming and crawling habit. Polychaeta is the largest class of phylum Annelida.

Adaptive radiation – Wikipedia

In these animals, for burrowing mode of life the external surface of body has become polyxhaeta and parapodia have polycyaeta small to give minimum friction during burrowing. But polychaetes, such as Arenicola, Glycera, Amphitrite and Terebella spend most of the time in burrows and come out only to capture pray or for ingesting detritus. Cirri are generally longer as they carry tangoreceptors and help in locating food.

A process in which organisms diversify rapidly from an ancestral species into a multitude of new forms. Parapodia help in crawling and swimming. Sometimes these tubes may be covered by sand grains and shells. Their setae have become hook-like to adpative in the burrow. With over species currently recognized, often placed in a single genus Anolisthey constitute one of the largest radiation events among all lizards.