Image Gallery: Polychaetes Photographic Display

View the work of professional underwater photographers and research scientists who are fascinated by the beauty and variety, as well as the reproductive, developmental and feeding habits of polychaete worms. Although polychaetes play a crucial role in marine ecosystems along with crustaceans, echinoderms, and molluscs, their delicate beauty is often undeservingly under-appreciated.

These photographs were displayed in the Museum cafeteria in August of 2013, when the Australian Museum hosted the 11th International Polychaete Conference, the event that brought to Sydney over 200 marine biologists from around the globe. That meeting was special because it marked the 30th anniversary of the 1st International Polychaete Conference held here in 1983. The selection of the Australian Museum again as the conference venue acknowledged our continuous expertise in polychaete research and our extensive collections.