Global Diversity of the Placozoa

  title={Global Diversity of the Placozoa},
  author={Michael Eitel and Hans-Juergen Osigus and Robert DeSalle and B. Schierwater},
  booktitle={PloS one},
The enigmatic animal phylum Placozoa holds a key position in the metazoan Tree of Life. A simple bauplan makes it appear to be the most basal metazoan known and genetic evidence also points to a position close to the last common metazoan ancestor. Trichoplax adhaerens is the only formally described species in the phylum to date, making the Placozoa the only monotypic phylum in the animal kingdom. However, recent molecular genetic as well as morphological studies have identified a high level of… CONTINUE READING
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