Phyllodocidae: Brief Summary
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Phyllodocidae is a family of polychaete worms. Worms in this family live on the seabed and may burrow under the sediment.
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Eklof et al (2007) found that "Few of the morphological characters traditionally used in phyllodocid taxonomy agree with the molecular results, and none of the major groupings (Phyllodocinae Orsted, 1843; Eteoninae Bergstrom, 1914 and Notophyllinae Pleijel, 1991) in the reclassification by Pleijel (1991) were present in our analyses. Notably, Notophyllinae has been well supported by morphology and was one of the few major groupings in common among the studies by Eibye-Jacobsen (1993), Orrhage and Eibye-Jacobsen (1998) and Kato and Pleijel (2003). In contrast, our results clearly shows this taxon to be non-monophyletic." Also "The genera Eulalia, Eumida, Protomystides, Pseudomystides, Pterocirrus and Sige form a well-supported group, as does Mystides and Nereiphylla. Another clade with strong support includes Eteone and Paranaitis, although with Eteone nested within a paraphyletic Paranaitis."
Eklof, Jenny; Pleijel, Fredrik; Sundberg, Per. (). Phylogeny of benthic Phyllodocidae (Polychaeta) based on morphological and molecular data. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.
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- Eklof, Jenny; Pleijel, Fredrik; Sundberg, Per. (2007). Phylogeny of benthic Phyllodocidae (Polychaeta) based on morphological and molecular data. <em>Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution.</em> 45(1): 261-271.
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