Xenacoelomorpha is the sister group to Nephrozoa

  title={Xenacoelomorpha is the sister group to Nephrozoa},
  author={Johanna Taylor Cannon and Bruno C. Vellutini and Julian Smith and Fredrik Ronquist and Ulf Jondelius and Andreas Hejnol},
The position of Xenacoelomorpha in the tree of life remains a major unresolved question in the study of deep animal relationships. [] Key Result Here we show robust phylogenomic support for Xenacoelomorpha as the sister taxon of Nephrozoa. Our phylogenetic analyses, based on 11 novel xenacoelomorph transcriptomes and using different models of evolution under maximum likelihood and Bayesian inference analyses, strongly corroborate this result.

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Xenacoelomorpha flatworms are basal Deuterostome

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What has been learned over the last decades on the morphology, genomics and phylogenetic relationships of the Xenacoelomorpha is revisited.

Computational analysis of gene content in Xenacoelomorpha

The phylogenetic analysis tentatively supports the placement of Xenacoelomorpha as a sister group of Ambulacraria, and the analysis of ancestral gene family content is suggestive for the phylogenetic position of the XenacoELOMorpha.

Xenacoelomorph-Specific Hox Peptides: Insights into the Phylogeny of Acoels, Nemertodermatids, and Xenoturbellids

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Four new deep-sea species of Xenoturbella are added from the eastern Pacific Ocean to the two already known from the Atlantic, and phylogenetic analysis aligns them at the base of the Protostomia or even as basal bilaterians.

Development of Xenoturbellida.

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Comparison with the other marine invertebrate larvae suggests that the morphologically simple swimming larvae described in Xenoturbella represent an ancestral larval type of all metazoans and bilaterians.

The slow evolving genome of the xenacoelomorph worm Xenoturbella bocki

The data do not provide evidence supporting the idea that Xenacoelomorpha are a primitively simple outgroup to other bilaterians and gene presence/absence data support a relationship with Ambulacraria, but it is concluded that X. bocki has a complex genome typical of bilateralians, in contrast to the apparent simplicity of its body plan.



Acoelomorph flatworms are deuterostomes related to Xenoturbella

This phylogeny makes sense of the shared characteristics of Xenoturbellida and Acoelomorpha, and implies the loss of various deuterostome characters in the Xenobiology including coelomic cavities, through gut and gill slits.

The Nemertodermatida are basal bilaterians and not members of the Platyhelminthes

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Deuterostome phylogeny reveals monophyletic chordates and the new phylum Xenoturbellida

To study the relationships among all deuterostome groups, an alignment of more than 35,000 homologous amino acids is assembled, including new data from a hemichordate, starfish and Xenoturbella and it is concluded that chordates are monophyletic.

The mitochondrial genome structure of Xenoturbella bocki (phylum Xenoturbellida) is ancestral within the deuterostomes

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New deep-sea species of Xenoturbella and the position of Xenacoelomorpha

Four new Xenoturbella species from deep waters of the eastern Pacific Ocean are described and Phylogenomic analyses of transcriptomic sequences support placement of Xenacoelomorpha as sister to Nephrozoa or Protostomia.