Professor Emeritus

PhD Manchester University (1980)
DSc Manchester University (2004)

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Research Interests

  • Invertebrate gametogenesis, gamete structure and function
  • Invertebrate reproduction
  • Molluscan biology
  • Biology of limpets
  • Biology and ecology of estuarine invertebrates


CLAASSENS, L., HODGSON A.N., SHORT, G. & HARASTI, D. In Press. Diversity, distribution, ecology, and conservation status of the family Syngnathidae in sub-Saharan Africa and adjacent islands. Oceanography Marine Biology An Annual Review.

DE VILLIERS, N.M., HODGSON, A.N., HARASTI, D. & CLAASSENS, L. 2022. The impact of a Reno mattress installation on an adjacent seagrass meadow and its macrofauna in a South African estuary. Regional Studies in Marine Science52: 102239
HODGSON, A.N., DUSSART, G. & RAHEEM D.C. 2021. From print to on-line, a historical review of the Journal of the Malacological Society of London. The Malacologist76: 30-36
HODGSON, A.N., SMITH, F., SMITH, P. & CLAASSENS, L. 2021. Macrofauna associated with intertidal mussel beds in the Knysna estuarine embayment, South Africa. African Zoology.  56: 44-47. DOI: 10.1080/15627020.2020.18484570
RADLOFF, J., HODGSON, A.N. & CLAASSENS, L. 2021. Settlement of the invasive mussel Mytilus galloprovincialis in a warm temperate estuarine embayment in South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science46: 206-214. DOI: 10.2989/16085914.2020.184217
DE VILLERS, N.M., HARASTI, D., HODGSON A.N. & CLAASSENS, L. 2021. A comparison of the fauna in eelgrass and erosion control structures in a warm temperate Southern African estuary. Regional Studies in Marine Science. 44: 101757.
ECKELBARGER, K.J. & HODGSON, A.N. 2021. Invertebrate oogenesis – a review and synthesis: comparative ovarian morphology, accessory cell function and the origins of yolk precursors. Invertebrate Reproduction and Development65: 71-140.
HAWKINS, S., HODGSON, A. & FIRTH, L. 2021. Keystone snails: the biology, behaviour, ecology and conservation of patellid limpets. British WildlifeDecember 2021: 175-185.
DE VILLERS, N.M., BARKER, C., CLAASSENS, L. & HODGSON, A.N. 2019. Conservation value of Codium tenue habitat for the endangered Knysna seahorse Hippocampus capensisJournal of Fish Biology. 95: 1457-1464. DOI: 10.1111/jfb.14165 

CLAASSENS L, BOOTH AJ, HODGSON AN. 2018. An endangered seahorse selectively chooses and artificial structure. Environmental Biology of Fishes 101: 723-733.

CLAASSENS L, HODGSON AN. 2018. Gaining insights into in situ behaviour of an endangered seahorse using action cameras. Journal of Zoology 304: 98-108.

CLAASSENS L, HODGSON AN. 2018. Monthly population density and structure patterns of an endangered seahorse Hippocampus capensis: a comparison between natural and artificial habitats. Journal of Fish Biology 92: 2000-2015.

POLLARD M, WHITFIELD AK, HODGSON, AN. 2018. Possible influences of a macroalgal bloom in eelgrass beds on fish assemblages in the lower Knysna Estuary, South Africa. African Journal of Aquatic Science 43: 319-323.

PINCHUCK SC, HODGSON AN. 2018. Retinal ultrastructure of patellogastropods revisited. Journal of Molluscan Studies 84: 494-497.

Book Chapter

HODGSON, AN. 2018. Spermatogenesis and spermiogenesis in the Mollusca. In M.K. Skinner (ed.), Encyclopaedia of Reproduction. Vol. 6, pp336-343. Academic Press.


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