Phylogeny and systematics of demospongiae in light of new small-subunit ribosomal DNA (18S) sequences.

  title={Phylogeny and systematics of demospongiae in light of new small-subunit ribosomal DNA (18S) sequences.},
  author={Niamh E. Redmond and Christine C. Morrow and Robert W. Thacker and Maria Cristina Diaz and Nicole Boury-Esnault and Paco C{\'a}rdenas and Eduardo Hajdu and Gisele L{\^o}bo-Hajdu and Bernard E Picton and Shirley A. Pomponi and Ehsan Kayal and Allen G Collins},
  journal={Integrative and comparative biology},
  volume={53 3},
The most diverse and species-rich class of the phylum Porifera is Demospongiae. In recent years, the systematics of this clade, which contains more than 7000 species, has developed rapidly in light of new studies combining molecular and morphological observations. We add more than 500 new, nearly complete 18S sequences (an increase of more than 200%) in an attempt to further enhance understanding of the phylogeny of Demospongiae. Our study specifically targets representation of type species and… CONTINUE READING
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