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Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.)


Graduate School

First Advisor

John S. Tucker

First Committee Member

Edmund H. Smith

Second Committee Member

W. Michael Kaill


The family Maldanidae is a group of sedentary polychaetes having a cylindrical body with elongate, but relatively few segments. The prostomium has a dorsal pair of nuchal organs and may have eye-spots ventrally; true appendages are absent. The mouth opens ventrally on the peristomium and has an extrusible sacciform proboscis. The pygidium may be plate-shaped, funnel shaped with an internal cone, or simply cone-shaped. All maldanids inhabit tubes of sand or mud, and subject to the limitations and advantages of this habjtat.



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