The first comparative study of the polychaete pygidial region has been performed using confocal scanning microscopy and immunohistochemical methods. Fundamentally new data has been obtained on the pygidial organization in representatives the Nephtyidae and Syllidae families. Despite differences in the overall morphology of pygidium, it is characterized by a certain structural plan as a whole that can be the basis for that of all polychaetes. Some insignificant differences in the pygidial structure can be either species-specific or consequences of mutations and seem to have no fundamental importance for the general organization.
Starunov, V. V., & Zaitseva, O. V. (2018). Comparative Study of Pygidial Organization in Polychaetes of the Families Nephtyidae and Syllidae. Doklady Biological Sciences, 478(1), 12–15. https://doi.org/10.1134/S0012496618010039