Marine Biology

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 155–165 | Cite as

On the place of origin of deep-sea lsopods

  • R. R. Hessler
  • D. Thistle


Biogeographic and phylogenetic data on the deep-sea isopod family Ilyarachnidae (Paraselloidea) document its origin and evolutionary radiation in the deep sea. The distribution of eyes among paraselloidean families suggests an in situ evolution for all those families which have primarily deep-sea distributions. Present-day distributions of paraselloidean isopods provide no hints to their ultimate sources in shallow water. These findings contrast to recent suggestions in the literature that the deep-sea isopod fauna has been derived from shallow Antarctic waters.


Radiation Shallow Water Phylogenetic Data Ultimate Source Antarctic Water 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. R. Hessler
    • 1
  • D. Thistle
    • 1
  1. 1.Scripps Institution of OceanographyLa JollaUSA

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