P A Hutchings

The common name 'worms' can refer to any of several groups of animals, including polychaetes (segmented worms), nemerteans (ribbon worms), sipunculans (peanut worms), echiuroids (spoon worms), myzos-tomes, nematodes (that may be free living or parasitic), and the parasitic worms, the platyhelminthes, which includes the cestodes (tapeworms), trematodes (liver flukes) and the free living turbellarians (flatworms). All these groups are abundant on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR), but the amount of information that is known about them varies according to the group. Each of these groups will now be discussed in terms of their diversity, where they occur on the reef and their feeding and reproductive ecologies. At the end of this chapter a series of references are given that will facilitate the identification of each group and provide additional information about them.

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