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Molecular evidence for multiple lineages in the gorgonian family Plexauridae (Anthozoa: Octocorallia)

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Springer-Verlag.
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Keywords
  • Octocorallia
  • Anthozoa
  • Fossil
  • Paleontology --Paleozoic
  • Corals --Anatomy
  • Gorgonidae
Disciplines
  • Chemistry

Abstract

In several instances, genera containing Atlantic and Pacific species were recovered as monophyletic (Muricea spp., Bebryce spp.). However, in at least three cases (Echinomuricea spp., Thesea spp., Villogorgia spp.), placement of Atlantic and Pacific species in the same genus may reflect convergence of sclerite morphology. The results indicate a strong need for reexamination of octocoral taxonomy using a combination of molecular, morphological, and chemical evidence.

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