Interrelationships of the Platyhelminthes

edited by D.T.J. Littlewood, R.A. Bray

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.

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  • EARLY ORIGINS OF BASAL TAXA The Early Worm - Origins and Relationships of the Lower Flatworms Seth Tyler Contributions to the Phylogeny and Systematics of the Acoelomorpha Olga I. Raikova, Maria Reuter and Jean-Lou Justine The Nemertodermatida Kennet Lundin and Wolfgang Sterrer Phylogenetic Systematics of the Macrostomorpha Reinhard M. Rieger FREE-LIVING GROUPS The Proseriata Marco Curini-Galletti Molecular Taxonomy and Phylogeny of Tricladida Jaume Baguna, Salvador Carranza, Jordi Paps, Inaki Ruiz-Trillo and Marta Riutort Towards a Phylogenetic Classification and Characterisation of Dugesiid Genera (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida, Dugesiidae) - a morphological perspective Ronald Sluys SYMBIONTS AND PARASITES The Prolecithophora Ulf Jondelius, Michael Noren and Jan Hendleberg The Temnocephalida Lester R.G. Cannon and Boris I. Joffe Phylogenetic Relationships of the Monogenoidea Walter A.Boeger and Delane C. Kritsky The Gyrocotylidea, Amphilinidea and the Early Evolution of Cestoda Willi E.R. Xylander Phylogeny Among the Orders of the Eucestoda (Cercomeromorphae): Integrating Morphology, Molecules and Total Evidence Eric P. Hoberg, Jean Mariaux and Dan R. Brooks Cestode Systematics in the Molecular Era Jean Mariaux and Peter D. Olsen Interrelationships Among Tetraphyllidean and Lecanicephalidean Cestodes Janine N. Caira, Kirsten Jensen and Claire J. Healy The Aspidogastrea, an Archaic Group of Platyhelminthes Klaus Rohde The Digenea Thomas H. Cribb, Rodney A.Bray, D. Timothy J. Littlewood, Sylvie P. Pichelin, Elizabeth A. Herniou Molecular Phylogeny of the Suborder Plagiorchiata and its Position in the System of Digenea Vasyl V. Tkach, Jan Pawlowski, Jean Mariaux and Zdzislaw Swiderski The Schistosomatidae: Advances in Phylogenetics and Genomics Scott D. Snyder, Eric S. Loker, David A. Johnston and David Rollinson CHARACTERS AND TECHNIQUES Protonephridia as Phylogenetic Characters Klaus Rohde 20. Insights from Comparative Spermatology in the "Turbellarian" Rhabdocoela Nikki A. Watson Spermatozoa as Phylogenetic Characters for the Platyhelminthes Jean Lou-Justine Comparative Neurobiology of the Platyhelminthes Maria Reuter and David W. Halton The Use of Life Cycle Characters in Studies of the Evolution of Cestodes
  • Ian Beveridge Embryology and Developmental Genes as Clues to Flatworm Relationships
  • Maximilian J. Telford Small Subunit rDNA and the Platyhelminthes: Signal, Noise, Conflict and Compromise
  • D. Timothy J. Littlewood and Peter D.Olson Flatworm Phylogeneticist: Between Molecular Hammer and Morphological
  • Anvil Boris I. Joffe and Elena E. Kornakova Towards a Phylogenetic Supertree of the Platyhelminthes
  • Mark Wilkinson, Joseph L. Thorley, D. Timothy J. Littlewood and Rodney A. Bray

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書名 Interrelationships of the Platyhelminthes
著作者等 Bray R.A.
Bray Rodney Alan
Littlewood D.T.J.
Littlewood D. T. J. (D. Timothy J.)
シリーズ名 The Systematics Association special volume series
出版元 Taylor & Francis
刊行年月 2001
ページ数 xii, 356 p.
大きさ 29 cm
ISBN 0748409033
NCID BA50059767
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス