Publication list of Katrine Worsaae


Papers in peer reviewed international journals: 67

Scientific reports (with ISBN #) and popular/non-reviewed papers (marked w/ @): 19

Books and book chapters (marked w/ §): 10

Conference abstracts (not listed): +70 


96  Worsaae K, Frykman T, Nielsen C. 2018. The neuromuscular system of the cyclostome bryozoan Crisia eburnea (Linnaeus, 1758). Acta Zoologica. DOI: 10.1111/azo.12252.

95  Helm C, Beckers P, Bartolomaeus T, Drukewitz SH, Kourtesis I, Weigert A, Purschke G, Worsaae K, Struck TH, Bleidorn C. 2018. Convergent evolution of the ladder-like ventral nerve cord in Annelida. Frontiers in Zoology 15: 36. DOI: 10.1186/s12983-018-0280-y.

94§ Nunez J, Martínez A, Worsaae K. 2018. Acrocirridae. In Westheide W, Purschke G (eds), Handbook of Zoology. Annelida. DeGruyter, Berlin (in press)

93§ Kerbl A, Worsaae K. 2018. Lobatocerebridae. In Westheide W, Purschke G (eds), Handbook of Zoology. Annelida. DeGruyter, Berlin (in press)

92§ Worsaae K. 2018. Psammodrilidae. In Westheide W, Purschke G (eds), Handbook of Zoology. Annelida. DeGruyter, Berlin (in press)

91  Pérez-García JA, Díaz-Delgado Y, García-Machado E, Martínez-García A, Gonzalez BC, Worsaae K, Armenteros M. 2018. Nematode diversity of freshwater and anchialine caves of Western Cuba. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 131: 144-155. DOI: 10.2988/17-00024.

90  Worsaae K, Gonzalez BC, Kerbl A, Holdflod S, Jørgensen JT, Armenteros m, Iliffe TM, Martínez AG. 2018. Diversity and evolution of the stygobitic Speleonerilla nom. nov. (Nerillidae, Annelida), with description of three new species from anchialine caves in the Caribbean and Lanzarote. Marine Biodiversity DOI: 10.1007/s12526-018-0906-5.

89  Stamatis SA, Worsaae K, Garm A. 2018. Regeneration of the rhopalium and the rhopalial nervous system in the box jellyfish Tripedalia cystophora. Biological Bulletin 234: 22-36. DOI: 10.1086/697071. 

88  Nielsen C, Bekkouche N, Worsaae K. 2018. Neuromuscular structure of the larva to early ancestrula stages of the cyclostome bryozoan Crisia eburnea. Acta Zoologica. DOI: 10.1111/azo.12252.

87  Kerbl A, Vereide EH, Gonzalez BC, Rouse GW, Worsaae K. 2018. Two new meiofaunal species of Trilobodrilus (Dinophilidae, Annelida) from California, USA. European Journal of Taxonomy 421. DOI: 10.5852/ejt.2018.421.

86  Worsaae K, Gonzalo G, Martínez AG. 2018. The role of progenesis in the diversification of the interstitial annelid lineage Psammodrilidae. Invertebrate Systematics 32: 774-793. DOI: 10.1071/IS17063.

85§ Gonzalez BC, Worsaae K, Eibye-Jacobsen D. 2018. Pisioninae. In Westheide W, Purschke G (eds), Handbook of Zoology. Annelida. DeGruyter, Berlin (in press) (published online ahead of print).

84§ Martinez A, Worsaae K, Purschke G. 2018. Protodriloididae. In Westheide W, Purschke G (eds), Handbook of Zoology. Annelida. DeGruyter, Berlin (in press) (published online ahead of print).

83  Gonzalez BC, Worsaae K, Martínez A, Fontaneto D. 2018. Anophthalmia and elongation of body appendages in cave scale worms (Annelida: Aphroditiformia). Zoologica Scripta 47: 106-121. DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12258.


82  Gąsiorowski L, Bekkouche N, Sørensen MV, Kristensen RM, Sterrer W, Worsaae K. 2017. New insights on the musculature of filospermoid Gnathostomulida. Zoomorphology 136(4): 413-424. DOI: 10.1007/s00435-017-0367-6

81  Kerbl A, Conzelmann M, Jékely G, Worsaae K. 2017. High diversity in neuropeptide patterns among three closely related species of Dinophilidae (Annelida). Journal of Comparative Neurology 525(17): 3596-3635. DOI: 10.1002/cne.24289.

80  Gonzalez BC, Martínez A, Borda E, Iliffe TM, Eibye-Jacobsen D, Worsaae K. 2017. Phylogeny and systematics of Aphroditiformia. Cladistics 34(3): 225-259.DOI: 10.1111/cla.12202.

79§ Martinez A, Purschke G, Worsaae K. 2017. Protodrilidae. In Westheide W, Purschke G (eds), Handbook of Zoology. Annelida. DeGruyter, Berlin (in press) (published online ahead of print).

78  Gonzalez BC, Petersen HC, Di Domenico MD, Martínez AM, Armenteros M, García-Machado E, Møller PR, Worsaae K. 2017. Phylogeny and biogeography of the scaleless scale worm Pisione (Sigalionidae, Annelida). Ecology and Evolution 7: 2894-2915. DOI: 10.1002/ece3.2853. 

77  Gasiorowski L, Bekkouche N, Worsaae K.  2017. Morphology and evolution of the nervous system in Gnathostomulida (Gnathifera, Spiralia). Organisms Diversity and Evolution 17(2): 447-475. DOI:10.1007/s13127-017-0324-8.

76  Gonzalez BC, A Martínez, E Borda, TM Iliffe, D Fontaneto, K Worsaae. 2017. Genetic spatial structure of an anchialine cave annelid indicates connectivity within-but not between-islands of the Great Bahama Bank. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 109: 259–270. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2017.01.003.

75  Martínez A, Kvindebjerg K, Iliffe T, Worsaae K. 2017. Evolution of cave suspension feeding in Protodrillidae (Annelida). Zoologica Scripta 46: 214-226. DOI:10.1111/zsc.12198.

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74  Bekkouche N, Worsaae K. 2016. Nervous system and ciliary structures of Micrognathozoa (Gnathifera) – evolutionary insight from an early branch in Spiralia. Royal Society Open Science 3 (10). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.160289.

73  Bekkouche N, Worsaae K. 2016. Neuromuscular study of early branching Diuronotus aspetos (Paucitubulatina) yields insights into the evolution of organs systems in Gastrotricha. Zoological Letters 2: 21. DOI: 10.1186/s40851-016-0054-3.

72  Kerbl A, Fofanova EG, Mayorova T, Voronezhskaya EE, Worsaae K. 2016. Comparison of nervous, muscular and ciliary development in two dinophilid species (Annelida) suggests progenetic origin of Dinophilus gyrociliatusFrontiers in Zoology 13 (1): 49. DOI: 10.1186/s12983-016-0181-x.

71  Kerbl A, Martín-Durán JM, Worsaae K, Hejnol A. 2016. Molecular regionalization in the compact brain of the meiofaunal annelid Dinophilus gyrociliatus (Dinophilidae). Evolution and Development 7 (1): 20. DOI: 10.1186/s13227-016-0058-2.

70  Gusmão F, Di Domenico M, Amaral CZ, Martínez A, González BC, Worsaae K, Ivar do Sul J, Lana PC. 2016. In situ microplastic ingestion by meiofauna from sandy beaches. Environmental Pollution 216: 584-590. DOI: 10.1016/j.envpol.2016.06.015.

69  Petersen HC, González B, Martínez A, Worsaae K. 2016. New species of Pisionidens (Sigalionidae, Annelida) from Akumal, México. Zootaxa 4136(1):165-173. 

68§ Martínez A, Gonzalez B, Núñez J, Wilkens H,Oromi P, Iliffe TM, Worsaae K. 2016. Guide to the anchialine ecosystems from Jameos del Agua and Túnel de la Atlántida (Lanzarote, Spain). Published by Ministerio de Medio Ambiente, Cabildo de Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. [Book available in separate English and Spanish versions]. 350p.

67  Worsaae K, Rimskaya-Korsakova NN, Rouse GW. 2016. Neural reconstruction of bone-eating Osedax spp. (Annelida) and evolution of the siboglinid nervous system. BMC Evolutionary Biology 16: 83DOI: 10.1186/s12862-016-0639-7.

66  Rubio F, Rolán E, Worsaae K, Martínez A, Gonzalez BC. 2016. First anchialine gastropod from a Yucatán cenote (Tornidae, Teinostoma), with new in vivo and morphological descriptions for the genus. Journal of Molluscan Studies 82: 169-177DOI: 10.1093/mollus/eyv049.


65§ Sørensen MV, Kristensen RM, Worsaae K. 2015. Chapter 16. The Gnathifera. Phyla Gnathostomulida, Rotifera (including Acanthocephala), and Micrognathozoa. In Brusca RC (ed.): Invertebrates.

64  Kerbl A, Bekkouche N, Sterrer W, Worsaae K. 2015. Detailed reconstruction of the nervous and muscular system of Lobatocerebridae with an evaluation of its annelid affinity. BMC Evolutionary Biology 15: 1471-2148. DOI: 10.1186/s12862-015-0531-x.

63  Worsaae K, Kvindebjerg K, Martinez A. 2015. Morphology of a new interstitial Psammodrilus (Psammodrilidae, Annelida) from Sardinia, Italy. Zoologischer Anzeiger 259: 13-21.

62  Laumer C, Bekkouche N, Kerbl A, Goetz F, Neves RC, Sørensen MV, Kristensen RM, Hejnol A, Dunn CW, Giribet G, Worsaae K. 2015. Spiralian phylogeny informs on evolution of microscopic lineages. Current Biology 25: 2000-2006. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2015.06.068.

61  Andrade S, Novo M, Kawauchi G, Worsaae K, Pleijel F, Giribet G, Rouse G. 2015. Articulating “archiannelids”: Phylogenomics and annelid relationships, with emphasis on meiofaunal taxa. Molecular Biology and Evolution 32: 2860-2875. DOI: 10.1093/molbev/msv157.

60§ Nygren A, Worsaae K. 2015. Nerillidae - kaninoronmaskar. In Samuelsson H, Nygren A, Pleijel F (eds) Nationalnyckeln till sveriges flora och fauna. Ringmaskar: Havsborstmaskar. Annelida: Polychaeta: 309-313.

59  Rouse GW, Wilson NG, Worsaae K, Vrijenhoek RC. 2015. A dwarf male reversal in bone-eating worms. Current Biology 25:1-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.11.032.

58  Martinez A, Di Domenico M, Rouse G, Worsaae K. 2015. Phylogeny and systematics of Protodrilidae inferred with total evidence analyses”. Cladistics 31: 250-276DOI: 10.1111/cla.12089.


57  Kristof A, Maiorova AS, Worsaae K, Wanninger A. (ISBS2 2012) Sipuncula in evolutionary developmental biology. In Boyle MJ & Kawauchi GY (eds), Proceedings of the 2nd International Symposium on the Biology of the Sipuncula 2012. Smithsonian Institution Scholary Press.

56  Salvo F, Wiklund H, Dufour SC, Hamoutene D, Pohle G, Worsaae K. 2014.  A new annelid species from whalebones in Greenland and aquaculture sites in Newfoundland: Ophryotrocha cyclops, sp. nov. (Eunicida: Dorvilleidae). Zootaxa 3887: 555–568. DOI: 10.11646/zootaxa.3887.5.3

55  Bekkouche N, Hejnol A, Kristensen RM, Sørensen MV, Worsaae K. 2014. Detailed reconstruction of the musculature in Limnognathia maerski (Micrognathozoa) and comparison with other Gnathifera. Frontiers in Zoology 11: 71. DOI: 10.1186/s12983-014-0071-z.

54§ Worsaae K. 2014. Nerillidae Levinsen, 1883. In Westheide W, Purschke G (eds), Handbook of Zoology, Zoology Online. Publisher Degruyter.

53  Di Domenico, M., A. Martínez, C. Amaral, P.C. Lana & K. Worsaae, 2014. Saccocirridae (Annelida) from the southern and southeastern Brazilian coasts. Marine Biodiversity 44: 313-325. DOI: 10.1007/s12526-014-0208-5.

52  Di Domenico M, Martínez A, Almeida TCM, Martins MO, Worsaae K, Lana PC. 2014. Response of the meiofaunal annelid Saccocirrus pussicus (Saccocirridae) to sandy beach morphodynamics. Hydrobiologia 734: 1-16. DOI 10.1007/s10750-014-1858-9.

51  Di Domenico M, Martinez A, Lana PC, Worsaae K. 2014. Molecular and morphological phylogeny of Saccocirridae (Annelida) reveals two cosmopolitan clades with specific habitat preference. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 75: 202-218. DOI: 10.1016/j.ympev.2014.02.003.

50@ Worsaae K. 2014. Ny viden om små dyr bidrager til fortællingen om vores oprindelse. Villum Fonden & Velux Fonden, årsskrift 2013: 62-65.


49  Rodriguez M, Muniz P, Venturini N, Di Domenico M, Martínez A, Worsaae K. 2013. First occurrence of the interstitial polychaete Sacoccirrus pussicus in exposed beaches of Uruguay. Panamerican Journal of Aquatic Sciences 09/2013 8:194-198.

48  Di Domenico M, Martínez A, Lana PC, Worsaae K. 2013. Protodrilus (Protodrilidae, Annelida) from the southern and southeastern Brazilian coasts. Helgoland Marine Research 67: 733–748. DOI: 10.1007/s10152-013-0358-z.

47  Martinez A, Di Domenico M, Worsaae K. 2013. Evolution of cave Axiokebuita and Speleobregma (Scalibregmatidae, Annelida). Zoologica Scripta 42: 623–636. DOI: 10.1111/zsc.12024.

46  Martínez A, Di Domenico M, Worsaae K. 2013. Gain of palps within a lineage of ancestrally burrowing annelids (Scalibregmatidae). Acta Zoologica 95: 421-429. DOI: 10.1111/azo.12039.

45  Martinez A, Di Domenico M, Jörger K, Norenburg J, Worsaae K. 2013. Description of three new species of Protodrilus (Protodrilidae, Annelida) from Central America. Marine Biology Research 9:676-691.

44@ Worsaae K. 2013. Opdagelsesrejse til havs og dyrerigets evolution. KU Science Magazine. Temahæfte: Ekspeditionen: 20-23.


43  Worsaae K, Sterrer W, Sabrina Kaul-Strehlow, Hay-Schmidt A, Giribet G. 2012. An anatomical description of a miniaturized acorn worm (Hemichordata, Enteropneusta) with asexual reproduction by paratomy. PLoS ONE 7: e48529. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0048529.

42  Huusgaard R, Vismann B, Kühl M, Macnaughton M, Rouse G, Colmander V, Dahlgren T, Glover A, Worsaae K. 2012. The potent respiratory system of Osedax: a prerequisite for Osedax mucofloris (Siboglinidae, Annelida) - a prerequisite for the origin of bone-eating Osedax? PloS ONE 7: e35975. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0035975.

41  Leasi F, Neves RC, Worsaae K, Sørensen MV. 2012. Musculature of Seison nebaliae Grube, 1861 and Paraseison annulatus (Claus, 1876) revealed with CLSM: a comparative study of the gnathiferan key taxon Seisonacea (Rotifera). Zoomorphology 131: 185-195. DOI: 10.1007/s00435-012-0155-2.

40  Curini-Galletti M, Artois T, Delogu V, Willem H. De Smet WH, Fontaneto D, lf Jondelius U, Leasi F, Martínez A, Meyer-Wachsmuth I, Nilsson KS, Tongiorgi P, Worsaae K, Todaro AM. 2012. Patterns of Diversity in Soft-Bodied Meiofauna: Dispersal Ability and Body Size Matter. PLoS ONE 7: e33801. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0033801.


39  Edgecombe G, Giribet G, Dunn CW, Hejnol S, Kristensen RM, Neves RC, Rouse GW, Worsaae K, Sørensen MV. 2011. Higher-level metazoan relationships: recent progress and remaining questions. Organisms Diversity and Evolution 11: 151-172.

38  Macnaughton MO, Eibye-Jacobsen D, Worsaae K. 2011. Comparative studies of jaw morphology and ontogeny in two species of asexually reproducing Dorvilleidae (Annelida). Zoologischer Anzeiger 250:134-142.


37  Macnaughton MO, Worsaae K, Eibye-Jacobsen. 2010. Jaw morphology and ontogeny in five species of Ophryothrocha. Journal of Morphology 271: 324-339.

36  Nielsen C & Worsaae K. 2010. Structure and occurrence of cyphonautes larvae (Bryozoa, Ectoprocta). Journal of Morphology 271: 1094-1109.

35@ Worsaae K. 2010. Coordination and development of a master course with many teachers - using a "Competence matrix" for the planning process. In Voetmann Christiansen F, Rump C & Degn L (eds.): Improving University Science Teaching and Learning - Pedagogical Projects 2008, vol. 1. ISSN: 1904-2019, pp.183-189.

34  Worsaae K, Rouse GW. 2010. The simplicity of males: dwarf males of four species of Osedax (Siboglinidae; Annelida) investigated by confocal laser scanning microscopy. Journal of Morphology 271: 127-142.


33  Martínez A, Palmero AM, Brito MC, Núñez J & Worsaae K. 2009. Anchialine fauna of the Corona lava tunnel (Lanzarote,Canary Islands): diversity, endemism and distribution. Marine Biodiversity 39: 169-182.

32@ Nørby-Johansen L, Gourani S, Sahl-Madsen C, Møller JØ, Mølmer K, Nielsen SB, Riis J & Worsaae K. 2008. Report from the future panel: 12 challenges for science policy [Danish]. Ministeriet for Videnskab, Teknologi og Udvikling, ISBN 978-87-92311-11-5, pp. 113.

31  Worsaae K, Martínez A, Núñez J. 2009. Nerillidae (Annelida) from the Corona lava tube, Lanzarote, with description of Meganerilla cesari, n. sp.. Marine Biodiversity 39: 195-207.

30  Worsaae K & Rouse GW. 2009. Mesonerilla neridae, n. sp. (Nerillidae): First meiofaunal annelid from deep-sea hydrothermal vents. Zoosymposia 2: 297-303.


29  Rouse GW, Worsaae K, Johnson SB, Jones WJ & Vrijenhoek RC. 2008. Acquisition of dwarf male "harems" by recently settled females of Osedax roseus n. sp. (Siboglinidae; Annelida). Biological Bulletin 214: 67-82.

28  Worsaae K & Rouse GW. 2008. Is Diurodrilus an annelid? Journal of Morphology 269: 1426-1455.


27@ Worsaae K. 2007. The process [Danish]. Politiken (27 May).

26@ Worsaae K. 2007. Climate policy without visions [Danish]. Politiken (8 April).

25@ Worsaae K. 2007. Drop shyness towards natural sciences [Danish]. Politiken (25 February).

24@ Worsaae K. 2007. Danish scientists appreciate family life [Danish]. Politiken (14 January).


23  Müller MCM, Worsaae K. 2006. CLSM analysis of the phalloidin stained muscle system in Nerilla antennata, Nerillidium sp. and Trochonerilla mobilis (Polychaeta: Nerillidae). Journal of Morphology 267: 885-896.

22@ Worsaae K. 2006. Important knowledge in 'the deep' [Danish]. Politiken (10/12).

21@ Worsaae K. 2006. Belief is not science [Danish]. Politiken (29/10). 

20  Worsaae K, Sterrer W. 2006. Description of two new interstitial species of Psammodrilidae Swedmark (Annelida) from Bermuda. Marine Biology Research 2: 431-445.


19  Worsaae K. 2005. Systematics of Nerillidae (Polychaeta, Annelida). Meiofauna Marina 14: 49-74.

18  Worsaae K. 2005. Phylogeny of Nerillidae (Polychaeta, Annelida) as inferred from combined 18S rDNA and morphological data. Cladistics 21: 143-162.

17  Worsaae K, Kristensen RM. 2005. Evolution of interstitial polychaetes. Hydrobiologia 535/536: 319-340.

16  Worsaae K, Nygren A, Rouse GW, Giribet G, Persson J, Sundberg P, Pleijel F. 2005. Phylogenetic position of Nerillidae and Aberranta (Polychaeta, Annelida), analyzed by direct optimization of combined molecular and morphological data. Zoologica Scripta 34: 313-328.


15@ Worsaae K. 2004. Morphology and phylogeny of Nerillidae (Polychaeta, Annelida). Ph.D. thesis, Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, ISBN-no. 87-87519-51-8, pp. 228.  

14  Worsaae K, Müller MCM. 2004. Nephridial and gonoduct distribution patterns in Nerillidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) - examined by tubulin staining and cLSM. Journal of Morphology 261: 259-269.

13  Worsaae K, Sterrer W, Iliffe TM. 2004. Longipalpa saltatrix, a new genus and species of the meiofaunal family Nerillidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) from an anchihaline cave in Bermuda. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington 117: 346-362


12  Worsaae K. 2003. Palp morphology in two species of Prionospio (Polychaeta: Spionidae) Hydrobiologia 496: 259-267.

11@ Worsaae K. 2003. Functional morphology of two mud-dwelling meiofauna polychaetes of the family Nerillidae (Annelida). In Hansen JG (ed.): Arctic Biology Field Course, Qeqertarsuaq, 2002. Zoological Museum, University of Copenhagen, ISBN-no. 87-87519-58-5, pp. 119-128.

10  Worsaae K, Kristensen RM. 2003. A new species of Paranerilla (Polychaeta: Nerillidae). Cahiers de Biologie Marine 44: 23-39.

9@ Worsaae K. 2003. Worm hunting at Vodrup Flak [Danish]. Ærø Naturskole's medlemsblad, Januar 2003:4-8.


Worsaae K. 2001. The systematic significance of palp morphology in the Polydora complex (Polychaeta: Spionidae). Zoologischer Anzeiger 240: 45-57.

7@ Worsaae K. 2001. Wealth of details on bristle worm palps [Danish]. Dyr i natur og museum 2: 10-12.


6@ Worsaae K. 2000. The Systematic Significance of Palp Morphology in Spionidae (Polychaeta) - an SEM and LM Study. Master's Thesis. Zoologisk Museum, University of Copenhagen. 113 pp.


5@  Bruntse B, Kongsrud JA, Worsaae K. 1999. Species associated with stipes and holdfast of Laminaria hyperborea. In Bruntse G, Lein TE & Nielsen R (eds): Marine Benthic Algae and Invertebrate Communities from the Shallow Waters of the Faroe Islands. Kaldbak Marine Biological Laboratory, Faroe Islands, ISBN-no.: 99918-3-065-0, pp. 50-51, 58-65.

Worsaae K. 1999. On the taxonomy of Spio filicornis (Spionidae, Polychaeta) - Nipisat, Disko, Greenland. In Brandt A, Thomsen HA, Heide-Jørgensen H, Kristensen RM & H Ruhberg (eds.): The 1998 Danish-German Excursion to Disko Island, West Greenland. Berichte zur Polarforschung 330: 164-169.

3@ Worsaae K. 1999. Worm hunting in USA [Danish]. Dansk Naturhistorisk Forening, 9. Årsskrift for 1997/98: 14-17.

2@  Worsaae K. 1999. A taxonomic study of the genus Spio (Spionidae, Polychaeta) from Nipisat, Disko, Greenland. [Danish] In Thomsen HA (ed.): Arktisk Biologisk Feltkursus, Qeqertarsuaq 1998. Botanisk Institut, Københavns Universitet, Copenhagen, ISBN-no. 87-987317-2-6, pp. 181-212.


1@  Worsaae K. 1998. Multi-storey communities in kelp holdfast [Danish]. Dyr i Natur og Museum 98(2): 13-16.