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Solenogastres, Caudofoveata, and Polyplacophora

Christiane Todt, Akiko Okusu, Christoffer Schander and Enrico Schwabe

in Phylogeny and Evolution of the Mollusca

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250925
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933705 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520250925.003.0004
Solenogastres, Caudofoveata, and Polyplacophora

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This chapter explores the relationships among several molluscan classes, including, Solenogastres, Caudofoveata and Polyplacophora. It explains that Polyplacophora are pointed valves while Solenogastres and Caudofoveata are marine, worm-shaped animals. It examines the fossil record and molluscan origins these classes and evaluates their phylogenetic and systematic relationships. It highlights the need to conduct more studies to determine the homology of certain characters between these taxa.

Keywords: molluscan classes; Solenogastres; Caudofoveata; Polyplacophora; pointed valves; fossil record; molluscan origins; phylogenetic relationships; systematic relationships; homology

Chapter.  13265 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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