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Phylogenetic relationships within the Archiloa genus complex (Proseriata, Monocelididae)

  • Paul M. Martens
  • Marco C. Curini-Galletti
Taxonomy and phylogeny


Of the seven genera which we have recognised within the Archiloa genus complex sensu Karling (1966) the cosmopolitan genus Archilina is the most ‘primitive’ and is characterised only by plesiomorphic characters, and has to be considered paraphyletic. All other species of the Archiloa genus complex are hypothesized to be derived from Archilina-like ancestors through different evolutionary lineages. One lineage led to the genera Archiloa, Inaloa, Archilopsis and Monocelopsis, taxa found in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean. These genera are monophyletic and their relationships are analyzed. The genera Mesoda (Brazil) and Tajikina (Northern Pacific) can be considered as two other separate lineages. Similarly, within what we now consider as the genus Archilina different lineages can be recognized in different regions.

Key words

Platyhelminthes Proseriata Monocelididae phylogeny 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul M. Martens
    • 1
  • Marco C. Curini-Galletti
    • 2
  1. 1.Department SBG, Research group ZoologyLimburgs Universitair CentrumDiepenbeekBelgium
  2. 2.Instituto di ZoologiaUniversitá di SassariSassariItaly

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