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Hidden among Sea Anemones: The First Comprehensive Phylogenetic Reconstruction of the Order Actiniaria (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Hexacorallia) Reveals a Novel Group of Hexacorals
Sea anemones (order Actiniaria) are among the most diverse and successful members of the anthozoan subclass Hexacorallia, occupying benthic marine habitats across all depths and latitudes. ActiniariaExpand
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Repeated loss of coloniality and symbiosis in scleractinian corals
The combination of coloniality and symbiosis in Scleractinia is thought to confer competitive advantage over other benthic invertebrates, and it is likely the key factor for the dominance of coralsExpand
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Toward a natural classification: phylogeny of acontiate sea anemones (Cnidaria, Anthozoa, Actiniaria)
Acontia—nematocyst‐dense, thread‐like extensions of the mesenterial filaments―are the characteristic feature of the actiniarian group Acontiaria. Phylogenetic analyses have shown that acontiate taxaExpand
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The phylogenetic position of Myxozoa: exploring conflicting signals in phylogenomic and ribosomal data sets.
Myxozoans are a diverse group of microscopic endoparasites that have been the focus of much controversy regarding their phylogenetic position. Two dramatically different hypotheses have been putExpand
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Rethinking the phylogeny of scleractinian corals: a review of morphological and molecular data.
Scleractinian corals, which include the architects of coral reefs, are found throughout the world's oceans and have left a rich fossil record over their 240 million year history. Their classificationExpand
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Evolutionary relationships among scyphozoan jellyfish families based on complete taxon sampling and phylogenetic analyses of 18S and 28S ribosomal DNA.
A stable phylogenetic hypothesis for families within jellyfish class Scyphozoa has been elusive. Reasons for the lack of resolution of scyphozoan familial relationships include a dearth ofExpand
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Quantifying Complex Shapes: Elliptical Fourier Analysis of Octocoral Sclerites
Species descriptions of most alcyonacean octocorals rely heavily on the morphology of sclerites, the calcium carbonate spicules embedded in the soft tissue. Sclerites provide taxonomic characters forExpand
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Phylogeography and morphological variation of the branching octocoral Pseudopterogorgia elisabethae.
Coral reef anthozoans exhibit extensive morphological variation across and within environmental clines making it difficult to define species boundaries. The relative contributions of geneticExpand
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Stability of symbiotic dinoflagellate type in the octocoral Briareum asbestinum
Coral bleaching — the loss of photosynthetic algal symbionts from their cnidarian hosts — can lead to coral mortality and subsequent reef degradation. To understand the phenomenon of coral bleachingExpand
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Evolutionary Relationships Among Scyphozoan Jellyfish Families Based on Complete Taxon Sampling and Phylogenetic Analyses of 18 S and 28 S Ribosomal DNA
School of Natural Sciences, University of California at Merced, 5200 North Lake Road, Merced, CA 95343, USA; National Systematics Laboratory of NOAA’s Fisheries Service, National Museum of NaturalExpand
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