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PHYLOGENETIC ANALYSIS OF COPEPOD ORDERS

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ABSTRACT Ten orders of the subclass Copepoda were cladistically analyzed using 21 morphological characters. Platycopioida is the sister taxon of the Calanoida and this gymnoplean clade is the sister group of the podoplean clade, which consists of eight orders. Misophrioida is, in turn, the sister taxon of the clade that contains the rest of the podoplean orders. Interestingly, the four orders (Poecilostomatoida, Siphonostomatoida, Monstrilloida, and Cyclopoida) containing species symbiotic with aquatic animals are monophyletic. Harpacticoida, Mormonilloida, and Gelyelloida are monophyletic in a fully resolved cladogram. Comparisons were made between this newly reconstructed scheme of copepod phylogeny and the previously proposed schemes.

10.1163/193724090X00410
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2017-08-20

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