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Phylogeny of the Nudibranchia
More than 100 morphological, anatomical and histological characters pertaining to the Nudibranchia are discussed in the course of a phylogenetic analysis. Based on our own investigations on anatomy,Expand
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Functional chloroplasts in metazoan cells - a unique evolutionary strategy in animal life
BackgroundAmong metazoans, retention of functional diet-derived chloroplasts (kleptoplasty) is known only from the sea slug taxon Sacoglossa (Gastropoda: Opisthobranchia). Intracellular maintenanceExpand
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The phylogeny of Nudibranchia (Opisthobranchia, Gastropoda, Mollusca) reconstructed by three molecular markers
Abstract The phylogeny of the Nudibranchia and its major constituent taxa is investigated by comparing the complete sequences of the 18S rDNA of 54 species, a part of the 16S rDNA of 38 species andExpand
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Reconstruction of the phylogeny of the opisthobranchia (Mollusca:Gastropoda) by means of 18S and 28S rRNA gene sequences
The complete 18S (SSU) rRNA gene and the partial 28S (LSU) rRNA gene of 49 taxa, including representatives of the Opisthobranchia, Pulmonata and Allogastropoda, were sequenced to infer the phylogenyExpand
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Chemical induction of silent biosynthetic pathway transcription in Aspergillus niger
Manipulation of the fungal epigenome is hypothesized to be an effective method for accessing natural products from silent biosynthetic pathways. A library of epigenetic modifiers was tested using theExpand
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Opisthobranchia (Mollusca, Gastropoda) – more than just slimy slugs. Shell reduction and its implications on defence and foraging
BackgroundIn general shell-less slugs are considered to be slimy animals with a rather dull appearance and a pest to garden plants. But marine slugs usually are beautifully coloured animals belongingExpand
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Retention of functional chloroplasts in some sacoglossans from the Indo-Pacific and Mediterranean
Previous studies on kleptoplasty in sacoglossans have used different methodology to investigate how long the sacoglossans are able to keep photosynthetically active (functional) chloroplasts. In thisExpand
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Defensive glandular structures in opisthobranch molluscs : From histology to ecology
Opisthobranch molluscs are an extremely interesting group of animals, displaying a wide diversity in shape, colour and life strategies. Chemical ecology of this group is particularly appealing sinceExpand
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Identification of sequestered chloroplasts in photosynthetic and non-photosynthetic sacoglossan sea slugs (Mollusca, Gastropoda)
BackgroundSacoglossan sea slugs are well known for their unique ability among metazoans to incorporate functional chloroplasts (kleptoplasty) in digestive glandular cells, enabling the slugs to useExpand
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Initial results on the molecular phylogeny of the Nudibranchia (Gastropoda, Opisthobranchia) based on 18S rDNA data.
This study investigated nudibranch phylogeny on the basis of 18S rDNA sequence data. 18S rDNA sequence data of 19 taxa representing the major living orders and families of the Nudibranchia wereExpand
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