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Interrelationships of the Platyhelminthes

Author: D T J Littlewood; R A Bray
Publisher: Boca Raton, FL : CRC Press, 2014.
Series: Systematics Association special volume, no. 60.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"The phylum Platyhelminthes is comprised of some 50,000 species of flatworms living in a wide variety of habitats - from the deep sea to the damp soil of tropical forests- where they occupy pivotal roles in many ecosystems. The parasitic forms include tapeworms and flukes, which plague virtually every species of vertebrates and impose major medical, veterinary, and economic burdens. Interrelationships of the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: D T J Littlewood; R A Bray
ISBN: 9781482268218 1482268213 9781420023008 1420023004
OCLC Number: 1027767223
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Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Contents; List of contributors; Preface; SECTION I: Early origins and basal taxa; 1 The early worm: Origins and relationships of the lower flatworms; 2 Contributions to the phylogeny and systematics of the Acoelomorpha; 3 The Nemertodermatida; 4 Phylogenetic systematics of the Macrostomorpha; SECTION II: Free-living groups; 5 The Proseriata; 6 Molecular taxonomy and phylogeny of the Tricladida; 7 Towards a phylogenetic classification and characterization of dugesiid genera (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Dugesiidae): A morphological perspective 8 The ProlecithophoraSECTION III: Symbionts and parasites; 9 The Temnocephalida; 10 Phylogenetic relationships of the Monogenoidea; 11 The Gyrocotylidea, Amphilinidea and the early evolution of Cestoda; 12 Phylogeny among orders of the Eucestoda (Cercomeromorphae): Integrating morphology, molecules and total evidence; 13 Cestode systematics in the molecular era; 14 Interrelationships among tetraphyllidean and lecanicephalidean cestodes; 15 The Aspidogastrea: An archaic group of Platyhelminthes; 16 The Digenea 17 Molecular phylogeny of the suborder Plagiorchiata and its position in the system of Digenea18 The Schistosomatidae: Advances in phylogenetics and genomics; SECTION IV: Characters and techniques; 19 Protonephridia as phylogenetic characters; 20 Insights from comparative spermatology in the 'turbellarian' Rhabdocoela; 21 Spermatozoa as phylogenetic characters for the Platyhelminthes; 22 Comparative neurobiology of Platyhelminthes; 23 The use of life-cycle characters in studies of the evolution of cestodes; 24 Embryology and developmental genes as clues to flatworm relationships 25 Small subunit rDNA and the Platyhelminthes: Signal, noise, conflict and compromise26 Flatworm phylogeneticist: Between molecular hammer and morphological anvil; 27 Towards a phylogenetic supertree of Platyhelminthes?; References; Index
Series Title: Systematics Association special volume, no. 60.
Responsibility: editors, D T J Littlewood, R.A. Bray.

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"The phylum Platyhelminthes is comprised of some 50,000 species of flatworms living in a wide variety of habitats - from the deep sea to the damp soil of tropical forests- where they occupy pivotal roles in many ecosystems. The parasitic forms include tapeworms and flukes, which plague virtually every species of vertebrates and impose major medical, veterinary, and economic burdens. Interrelationships of the Platyhelminthes elucidates the role of flatworms in the animal kingdom. It brings together results from an international group of experts, spanning many disciplines, who give evidence for the phylogeny of the flatworms and constituent major taxa. A combined approach, using traditional comparative techniques along with the modern techniques of molecular phylogeny, is utilized to show that the monophyly of the phylum is not fully established, and that the phylum may in fact consist of two groups: the acoels and their direct relatives, which are basal metazoans, and the Rhabditophora, which is a more derived group. The authors review the contributions of neurobiology, morphology, and developmental and molecular biology in light of their contributions to flatworm phylogenetics. This volume provides explicit and fully defined character matrices wherever possible allowing critics, supporters, and future workers to evaluate the state of flatworms systematics and phylogenetics from a single resource. This volume will appeal to all who have an interest in flatworms and recognize the value of phylogenetics as the basis for comparative biology."--Provided by publisher.

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