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Phylogeny and systematics of Aphroditiformia
Aphroditiformia represents one of the most successful radiations of annelids, and is therefore an interesting model to understand morphological and functional evolution and is addressed through the analysis of four molecular markers and 87 morphological characters sampled across 127 species under the assumptions of parsimony and model‐based methods. Expand
Microbial hotspots in anchialine blue holes: initial discoveries from the Bahamas
The biogeochemical diversity of inland blue holes in the Bahamas make them valuable as natural laboratories, repositories of microbial diversity, and analogs for stratified and sulfidic oceans present early in Earth’s history. Expand
Anophthalmia and elongation of body appendages in cave scale worms (Annelida: Aphroditiformia)
It is demonstrated that cave scale worms respond similar to arthropods in cave environments, showing a significant elongation of sensory parapodial cirri, while lacking eyes and pigmentation, however, whereas elongations of sensory appendages likely occurred in correlation to cave colonization, eyes were plausibly lost in correlation with specialization and colonization of deep‐sea habitats. Expand
In situ ingestion of microfibres by meiofauna from sandy beaches.
The gut contents of meiofauna from six sandy beaches in the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean are examined to suggest that their non-selective microphagous suspension-feeding behaviour makes Saccocirrus more prone to ingest microfibres. Expand
Broad North Atlantic distribution of a meiobenthic annelid – against all odds
Though often neglected and possibly underestimated among marine microscopic species, dormancy may be a highly significant factor for explaining wide distribution patterns and a key to solving this meiofaunal paradox. Expand
Genetic spatial structure of an anchialine cave annelid indicates connectivity within - but not between - islands of the Great Bahama Bank.
Whether the 'continuous spelean corridor' hypothesis may elucidate the biogeographical distributions of the stygobitic annelid Pelagomacellicephala iliffei (Polynoidae) collected from the Great Bahama and Caicos Banks of the Bahamas Archipelago is investigated. Expand
Molecular taxonomy of Speleonectes fuchscockburni , a new pseudocryptic species of Remipedia (Crustacea) from an anchialine cave system on the Yucatán Peninsula, Quintana Roo, Mexico
A new species of Remipedia (Crustacea) is described from a recently discovered section of the anchialine cave system Cenote Crustacea, situated on the northeastern coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, and can be distinguished morphologically from S. tulumensis by sparsely setose appendages. Expand
Anchialine biodiversity in the Turks and Caicos Islands: New discoveries and current faunal composition
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Volcanic Anchialine Habitats of Lanzarote
The island of Lanzarote is situated in the northern end of the Canary Islands and hosts one of the most diverse volcanic anchialine ecosystems in the world. Best known for Tunel de la Atlantida,Expand
Novel Bacterial Diversity in an Anchialine Blue Hole on Abaco Island, Bahamas
Anchialine blue holes found in the interior of the Bahama Islands have distinct fresh and salt water layers, with vertical mixing, and dysoxic to anoxic conditions below the halocline. ScientificExpand