Special Issue "Systematics and Diversity of Annelids"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 October 2020) | Viewed by 28989
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Interests: systematics; phylogenetics; taxonomy; evolutionary biology; phylogeography; annelida; marine invertebrates; species delimitation; invasive species; sensory organs; conservation
Annelida is a diverse and abundant group of invertebrates that populate all habitats on Earth, from the highest mountains to the abyssal depths. The origin of all extant annelids remains unsettled, but annelid-like fossils have been dated back to the Cambrian and genomic and transcriptomic studies have been key in placing them within Spiralia and relating them to molluscs, brachiopods, nemerteans and phoronids. The enormous disparity of forms, life styles and adaption to different environments, most of which occurred in a short period of time, have hindered relationships within Annelida. However, in the last couple of decades, the monophyly of most families has been assessed and, in some cases, the internal classification has been reviewed. Approximately 20,000 species have been described to date; however, this number is increasing rapidly with the exploration of unsurveyed biogeographical regions, habitats, and depths and also with the new techniques in sampling, identifying, and analysing biodiversity. Special consideration needs to be given to the use of molecular data that allow for distinction between similarly looking, or identical, entities, as well as to invasive species.
For this Special Issue, we invite submissions that address the state-of-the-art of the systematics of the main annelid groups and the improvements in the diversity they hold, with special emphasis on latest discoveries after revision of faunas of well-studied areas, expeditions to unsurveyed areas or environments, or the use of novel techniques that allow for the improvement of biodiversity knowledge.
This Special Issue of "Systematics and Biodiversity of Annelids" will provide a platform facilitating a review of current knowledge on the subject, identify the current research problems, as well as indicate directions and research trends for the future.
Dr. Maria Capa
Dr. Pat Hutchings
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- Phylogeny (morphological and molecular)
- Evolution and diversification