Molecular phylogeny of the Valvatacea (Asteroidea: Echinodermata)

  title={Molecular phylogeny of the Valvatacea (Asteroidea: Echinodermata)},
  author={Christopher L. Mah and David W. Foltz},
  journal={Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society},
  • C. MahD. Foltz
  • Published 1 April 2011
  • Biology
  • Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society
The Valvatacea is one the most ecologically important, taxonomically diverse, and widespread groups of post-Palaeozoic (i.e. modern) Asteroidea. Classification within the group has been historically problematic. We present a comprehensively sampled, three-gene (12S, 16S, early-stage histone H3) molecular phylogenetic analysis of the Valvatacea. We include five of the six families within the Paxillosida, the monotypic Notomyotida, and 13 of the 16 families of the living Valvatida. The… 

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