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Hydrobiologia

, Volume 843, Issue 1, pp 51–59 | Cite as

Progress in glass sponge phylogenetics: a comment on Kersken et al. (2018)

  • Martin DohrmannEmail author
Opinion Paper

Abstract

Kersken et al. (Hydrobiologia 811:283–293, 2018) recently reported a phylogenetic analysis of ribosomal DNA of glass sponges (Porifera: Hexactinellida) including new specimens from the NE Pacific. Their study is important as it significantly increased the taxon sampling of this important deep-sea group. Unfortunately, there are several issues with these authors’ dataset assembly and choice of phylogenetic analysis methods. Furthermore, they did not consider previous literature that is highly relevant to interpretation of their results. Here I provide critically constructive comments on their paper and present an alternative analysis that utilizes established methodological techniques. I show that several of Kersken et al.’s findings and claims are unsustainable, and provide an extended discussion of the updated glass sponge phylogeny.

Keywords

Hexactinellida COI Phylogenetic analysis Ribosomal DNA Secondary structure Taxon sampling 

Notes

Acknowledgements

I thank Gert Wörheide for providing computational resources, and Michelle Kelly and two anonymous reviewers for critical comments that improved the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth- & Environmental Sciences, Palaeontology & GeobiologyLudwig-Maximilians-University MunichMunichGermany

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