Higher Level Taxonomy and Molecular Phylogenetics of the Choanoflagellatea

  title={Higher Level Taxonomy and Molecular Phylogenetics of the Choanoflagellatea},
  author={Frank O. Nitsche and Martin Carr and Hartmut Arndt and Barry S. C. Leadbeater},
  journal={Journal of Eukaryotic Microbiology},
ABSTRACT. The choanoflagellates (Choanoflagellatea) comprise a major group of nanoflagellates, which are ubiquitous in the aquatic environment. Recent molecular phylogenies have shown them to be the sister group to the Metazoa. However, the phylogeny of the choanoflagellates is still far from understood. We present here a 29 taxon, multigene phylogeny that robustly places the root of the choanoflagellates. One of the original nonloricate families, Codonosigidae is shown to be a polyphyletic… 
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