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Title: Global diversity of free living flatworms (Platyhelminthes,"Turbellaria") in freshwater
Authors: SCHOCKAERT, Ernest 
Hooge, Mathew
Sluys, Ronald
Schilling, Steve
Tyler, Seth
ARTOIS, Tom 
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Springer
Source: Hydrobiologia, 595. p. 41-48
Abstract: This contribution reviews diversity of turbellarian species by biogeographical regions, with comments on species biology. The review draws on the database available at http://www.devbio.umesci.maine.edu/styler/turbellaria. Comparisons between regions suggest that species richness may be at least one order of magnitude higher than the currently reported number of species. In the context of the recent reconstructions of phylogeny of Platyhelminthes based on molecular data, the paper allows inferences as to the history of colonization of freshwaters by turbellarians. Specifically, four, or perhaps six, major invasions of freshwater habitats may have occurred in the Pangean period, each of which gave rise to a monophyletic freshwater taxon. In addition,several occasional invasions by representatives of marine taxa must have taken place.
Keywords: Platyhelminthes, Freshwater, Distribution, Phylogeny, History
Document URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/7861
ISSN: 0018-8158
e-ISSN: 1573-5117
DOI: 10.1007/s10750-007-9002-8
ISI #: 000252253300006
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validations: ecoom 2009
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