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Department of Invertebrate Zoology

Hermadion ferox

USNM 57796 Hermadion ferox (Baird, 1865) from Antarctica

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Kristian FauchaldResearch Zoologist, Emeritus


It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Dr. Kristian Fauchald.

Tributes and memorials

WoRMS Polychaeta founding editor
Washington Blade Obituary
Marine Ecology, A Tribute
Remembering Kristian Fauchald
International Polychaete Day July 1, 2015


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    Responsibilities: Research Zoologist, Curator of Polychaeta

    Education: Cand. mag. and cand. real. University of Bergen, Norway
    Ph.D. University of Southern California, Los Angeles

    Research Interests: Systematics, phylogeny and taxonomy of annelids, specifically the marine groups that used to be called Polychaeta. I have spent about 50 years working on these worms, and have participated in making it obvious that the polychaetes are a paraphyletic assemblage of annelids! Currently focusing on the scale worm family Polynoidae, which includes a large number of species commensal with all sorts of other invertebrates.

    Professional Activities: Mostly in the past as officer at various levels in such societies as the Southern California Academy of Sciences, Biological Society of Washington, Society for Systematic Zoology and American Society of Zoologists (currently Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology).

    Recent Publications:

    Cinar, Melih E., Fauchald, Kristian and Dagli, Ertan 2014. Occurrence of Diopatramarocensis (Annelida, Onuphidae) in the eastern Mediterranean. Zookeys, 445: 1-11. doi:10.3897/zookeys.445.8464

    Zanol, Joana, Halanych, Kenneth M. and Fauchald, Kristian 2014. Reconciling taxonomy and phylogeny in the bristleworm family Eunicidae (polychaete, Annelida). Zoologica Scripta, 43(1): 79-100. doi:10.1111/zsc.12034

    Costello, Mark J., Bouchet, Philippe, Boxshall, Geoff, Fauchald, Kristian, Gordon, Dennis, Hoeksema, Bert W., Poore, Gary C. B., van Soest, Rob W. M., Stohr, Sabine, Walter, T. Chad, Vanhoorne, Bart, Decock, Wim and Appeltans, Ward 2013. Global Coordination and Standardisation in Marine Biodiversity through the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and Related Databases. Plos One, 8(1): e51629 doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0051629

    Appeltans, Ward, Ahyong, Shane T, Anderson, Gary, Angel, Martin V, Artois, Tom, Bailly, Nicolas, Bamber, Roger, Barber, Anthony, Bartsch, Ilse, Berta, Annalisa, Blazewicz-Paszkowycz, Magdalena, Bock, Phil, Boxshall, Geoff, Boyko, Christopher B, Brandão, Simone Nunes, Bray, Rod A, Bruce, Niel L, Cairns, Stephen D, Chan, Tin-Yam, Cheng, Lanna, Collins, Allen G, Cribb, Thomas, Curini-Galletti, Marco, Dahdouh-Guebas, Farid, Davie, Peter J F., et al 2012. The Magnitude of Global Marine Species Diversity. Current Biology, 22(23): 2189-2202. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2012.09.036

    Fauchald, Kristian, Berke, Sarah Kosting and Woodin, Sarah Ann 2012. Diopatra (Onuphidae: Polychaeta) from intertidal sediments in southwestern Europe. Zootaxa, 3395: 47-58.

    Budaeva, Nataliya and Fauchald, Kristian 2011. Phylogeny of the Diopatra generic complex with a revision of Paradiopatra Ehlres, 1887 (Polychaeta: Onuphidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 163(2): 319-436. doi:10.1111/j.1096-3642.2011.00701.x

    Carrera-Parra, L. F., Fauchald, Kristian and Gambi, Maria C. 2011. Revision of the taxonomic status of Lysidice (Polychaeta, Eunicidae) in the Western Caribbean Sea with observation on species reproductive features and habitat preference. Italian Journal of Zoology, 78(Supplement 1): 27-40. doi:10.1080/11250003.2011.593850

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