Cladistic analysis of Medusozoa and cnidarian evolution

  title={Cladistic analysis of Medusozoa and cnidarian evolution},
  author={Antonio Carlos Marques and Allen Gilbert Collins},
  journal={Invertebrate Biology},
Abstract. A cladistic analysis of 87 morphological and life history characters of medusozoan cnidarians, rooted with Anthozoa, results in the phylogenetic hypothesis (Anthozoa (Hydrozoa (Scyphozoa (Staurozoa, Cubozoa)))). Staurozoa is a new class of Cnidaria consisting of Stauromedusae and the fossil group Conulatae. Scyphozoa is redefined as including those medusozoans characterized by strobilation and ephyrae (Coronatae, Semaeostomeae, and Rhizostomeae). Within Hydrozoa, Limnomedusae is… 

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