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Interrelationships of the Platyhelminthes

1st Edition

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

CRC Press

380 pages

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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.


'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

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 Baguñà, Salvador Carranza, Jordi Paps, Iñaki 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 Norén 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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