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Scaphopoda

Patrick D. Reynolds and Gerhard Steiner

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/9780520250925.003.0007
Scaphopoda

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This chapter explores the evolution and phylogeny of the molluscan class Scaphopoda. It describes the main features of scaphopods including their shell, mantle and mantle cavity, feeding habits, digestive tract, and nervous system. It provides a brief account of the history of classification and phylogeny of scaphopods and characterizes its two main clades, Dentaliida and Gadilida. It stresses the need to increase taxonomic sampling and to develop better repositories of material suitable for molecular analysis in order to understand better the scaphopod phylogeny.

Keywords: Scaphopoda; evolution; phylogeny; feeding habits; shell; digestive tract; nervous system; Dentaliida; Gadilida; taxonomic sampling

Chapter.  8821 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences

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