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Phylogenetic Position of the Freshwater Anomuran Family Aeglidae

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Abstract We sequenced approximately 2,000 nucleotides of the 18S ribosomal DNA gene to test previous morphological hypotheses concerning family and superfamily relationships within the Anomura. Twelve new sequences from the superfamilies Galatheoidea, Paguroidea, Hippoidea (all Anomura), and Callianassoidea (Thalassinidea) were generated, and these were combined with three previously published sequences from GenBank to estimate phylogenetic relationships among these taxa. Our results show a clear separation of the Aeglidae from the other galatheoid families, which form a sister group with the Paguroidea. Within the Galatheoidea, chirostylids and porcellanids are sister groups. Hippoidea was revealed as the most basal taxon within the anomurans.

Affiliations: 1: (MP-L, correspondence) Department of Integrative Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602-5255 U.S.A. (; (CGJ) Instituto de Zoología, Casilla 567, Universidad Austral de Chile, Valdivia, Chile (; (GB-B) Departamento de Zoologia, Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul, Porto Alegre, Brasil (; (MLP) Department of Integrative Biology, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602-5255 U.S.A. (; (KAC) Department of Integrative Biology and Monte L. Bean Museum, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602-5255 U.S.A (


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