Interrelationships of the Platyhelminthes

Interrelationships of the Platyhelminthes

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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.
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  • Hardback | 380 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 26.67mm | 1,089g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0748409033
  • 9780748409037

Table of contents

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

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

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

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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'I have attempted [in this review] to convey the excitement, the controversy and the imagination in the research fields reflected in this book. I found the book greatly stimulating and will now go to the laboratory to look at protonephridia of schistosomes with renewed enthusiasm.' - John R. Kusel, Trends in Parasitology
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