Planarian Diversity and Phylogeny

Publication Type:Book Chapter
Year of Publication:2018
Authors:R. Sluys, Riutort M.
Editor:J. C. Rink
Book Title:Planarian Regeneration: Methods and Protocols
Pagination:1 - 56
Publisher:Springer New York
City:New York, NY
ISBN Number:978-1-4939-7802-1

Hundreds of planarian species exist worldwide, representing a rich phenotypic diversity. This chapter presents an overview of the morphology and anatomy of various taxonomic groups of planarian flatworms, focusing on features enabling recognition and identification of the animals. The most recent view on the phylogenetic relationships of the planarians is presented, together with geographic distribution patterns of major groups of triclads. The chapter concludes with a brief methodological section outlining species identification on basis of anatomical features. In conjunction with the established laboratory model species, the phenotypic diversity of planarians provides rich opportunities for comparative studies, which this chapter aims to inspire.

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