Contact Details

Dr Teresa Darbyshire
Invertebrate Biodiversity
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3222

Staff Name

Dr Teresa Darbyshire

Job Title

Senior Curator: Invertebrate Biodiversity (Marine Invertebrates)

Areas of Responsibility:

Marine invertebrates, particularly polychaete annelids. Management and access to the Marine Invertebrate collections and databases.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

  • BSC (Hons) Marine Biology (Bangor);
  • MSc Marine Resource Development & Protection (Heriot-Watt);
  • PhD Ocean Sciences (Bangor University; Title: Taxonomy & Biogeography of the Polychaetes of the Falkland Islands)
  • Member (Natural Sciences Collections Association, NatSCA)
  • Bulletin design/typesetting & Member (Porcupine Marine Natural History Society)

Research Interests

The taxonomy of all groups of polychaete annelids with a particular interest in the South Atlantic, utilising both morphological and molecular techniques. Recent projects have centred on the Nereididae, Chrysopetalidae and Arenicolidae. Other research involves studies on the diversity and distribution of seabed life in the temperate Irish Sea, tropical Seychelles, and temperate/subantarctic Falkland Islands.

Currently working on projects in the Falkland Islands and the UK to improve polychaete identification and taxonomy.


Taxonomy, Annelida, Polychaeta, collections, curation, access management, databases, Wales, Falkland Islands, molecular systematics, benthos, diversity, distributions, mapping, SCUBA diving, photography, illustration, editorial, publishing.


Selected Publications

Holmes, A.M., Darbyshire, T., Mortimer, K. & Mackie, A.S.Y. (2017) Proceedings of the 12th International Polychaete Conference, Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, Cardiff, Wales, UK, 1-5 August 2016. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the UK 97(5):829-1209

Brind, C. & Darbyshire T. 2015. Investigations of the black lugworm (Arenicola defodiens) in South Wales. Bulletin of the Porcupine Marine Natural History Society, 3, 48-52.

James, J.W.C., Mackie, A.S.Y., Rees, E.I.S. & Darbyshire, T. 2012. Sand wave field habitats: The OBel Sands, Bristol Channel, U.K. In P.T. Harris and E.K. Baker (eds), Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab Atlas of seafloor geomorphic features and benthic. Elsevier, London, 227-239.

Robinson, K.A., Mackie, A.S.Y., Lindenbaum, C., Darbyshire, T., van Landeghem, K.J.J. & Sanderson, W.G. 2012. Seabed habitats of the southern Irish Sea. In P.T. Harris and E.K. Baker (eds), Seafloor Geomorphology as Benthic Habitat: GeoHab Atlas of seafloor geomorphic features and benthic. Elsevier, London, 523-537.

Darbyshire, T. 2012. Marine collections supporting taxonomy in Wales. Natur Cymru, 44, 46.

Darbyshire, T. & Mackie, A.S.Y. 2011. Review of Uncispionidae (Annelida: Polychaeta) with the description of a new species of Uncispio. Proceedings of the 10th International Polychaete Conference, Lecce, Italy 2010. Italian Journal of Zoology,78 (S1) 65-77.

Darbyshire, T. 2011. A new species of bristleworm from west of Anglesey. Natur Cymru, 41, 47.

Mackie, A.S.Y., Darbyshire,T., Bamber, R.N. & Turner, J.A. 2010. Notes on new benthic invertebrates from the southern Irish Sea. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Newsletter, 27, 24-27.

Darbyshire, T. & Mackie, A.S.Y. 2009. Two new species of Diplocirrus (Polychaeta:  Flabelligeridae) from the southern Irish Sea and South Africa. In N.J. Maciolek & J.A. Blake (eds), Proceedings of the 9th International Polychaete Conference, Portland, Maine 2007. Zoosymposia, 2, 91-103.

Mackie, A.S.Y., James, J.W.C., Rees, E.I.S., Darbyshire, T., Philpott, S.L. Mortimer, K., Jenkins, G.O. & Morando, A., 2006. The Outer Bristol Channel Marine Habitat Study. Studies in Marine Biodiversity and Systematics from the National Museum of Wales. BIOMÔR Reports, 4, 1-249 & A1-A227, + DVD-ROM (2007).

Mackie, A.S.Y., Oliver, P. G., Darbyshire, T. & Mortimer, K. 2005. Shallow marine benthic invertebrates of the Seychelles Plateau: high diversity in a tropical oligotrophic environment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A,363, 203–228.

Darbyshire, T. 2004. Reports from the Porcupine field visit to Northumberland 28th August to 1st September 2003: A report on the Polychaeta. Porcupine Marine Natural History Society Newsletter, 14, 31-35.

Darbyshire, T. & Mackie, A.S.Y. 2003. Species of Litocorsa (Polychaeta: Pilargidae) from the Indian Ocean and South China Sea. Proceedings of the Seventh International Polychaete Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, 2001. Hydrobiologia, 496 (1-3) 63-73.

Darbyshire, T., Mackie, A.S.Y., May, S. J. & Rostron, D. 2002. A macrofaunal survey of Welsh sandbanks. Countryside Council for Wales CCW Report, 539, 113 pp.

Mackie, A., Oliver, P.G.Darbyshire, T. & Mortimer, K. 2001.  Benthic faunal studies in the Seychelles. In J.C. Burnett, J.S. Kavanagh & T. Spencer (eds), Shoals of Capricorn Field Report 1998-2001: Marine Science, training and education in the western Indian Ocean. Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), p. 37.

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