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Phylogenetic Analysis of Opisthadena (Digenea: Hemiuridae)
Faculty Publications from the Harold W. Manter Laboratory of Parasitology
  • Virginia León-Règagnon, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Daniel R. Brooks, University of Toronto
Date of this Version

Published in the Journal of Parasitology (December 1996) 82(6): 1,005-1,010. Copyright 1996, the American Society of Parasitologists. Used by permission.

Systematic study of the closely related hemiurid genera Mitrostoma, Neopisthadena and Opisthadena revealed that Opisthadena cortesi is a junior synonym of Opisthadena dimidia and Opisthadena fujianensis and Opisthadena marina are species inquirendae. Phylogenetic analysis of the 7 recognized species, based on 21 transformation series derived from comparative morphologic characters, produced a single tree with a consistency index of 0.735. The five species of the genus Opisthadena constitute a monophyletic clade and Neopisthadena habei is their sister group. Mitrostoma nototheniae is the sister group of the other 6 members of the clade. Geographic distribution suggests an ancient circum-Pacific distribution of the group. The association between kyphosids and this group of hemiurids appeared with the ancestor of Neopisthadena and Opisthadena.
Citation Information
Virginia León-Règagnon, Gerardo Pérez-Ponce de León and Daniel R. Brooks. "Phylogenetic Analysis of Opisthadena (Digenea: Hemiuridae)" (1996)
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