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Redescription of Scalpellopsis Striatociliata Broch, 1922, with a Discussion on Its Phylogenetic Position and the Peduncular Plate Pattern in Scalpellids

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Abstract The adult of Scalpellopsis striatociliata and the ontogeny of its capitular and peduncular plates are described. During ontogeny, S. striatociliata develops the carino-lateral (CL) and inframedian (L2) plates heterochronously after some peduncular plates (cl), which is unique. The position of Scalpellopsis as sister-group of the other scalpellids is reaffirmed. The Scalpellidae have diverse peduncular plate patterns, with the 8-plated pattern being ancestral and the most widespread among the genera. The peduncular plate patterns of several species of Scalpellidae are presented.

Affiliations: 1: Museu Nacional / UFRJ, Departamento de Invertebrados, 20940-040, Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil (


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