Anatomy of the trunk mesoderm in tunicates: homology considerations and phylogenetic interpretation

@article{Stach2008AnatomyOT,
  title={Anatomy of the trunk mesoderm in tunicates: homology considerations and phylogenetic interpretation},
  author={Thomas Stach},
  journal={Zoomorphology},
  year={2008},
  volume={128},
  pages={97-109}
}
The tadpole stage of tunicates has played a pivotal role in understanding chordate evolution. While the organization of the mesoderm has been given high importance in comparative anatomical studies of Bilateria, this morphological character remains largely unexplored in tunicate tadpoles. For larvae of the phlebobranch ascidian Ciona intestinalis, the presence of two mesodermal pockets had been claimed, raising the possibility that paired coelomes are present in the larval ascidian. Using… CONTINUE READING