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Citation: Dohrmann, Martin: Symplectella rowi (Porifera: Hexactinellida: Lyssacinosida) is a rossellid, not a euplectellid. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. in press. 2015. Open Data LMU. https://doi.org/10.5282/ubm/data.62

Symplectella rowi (Porifera: Hexactinellida: Lyssacinosida) is a rossellid, not a euplectellid. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. in press
Symplectella rowi (Porifera: Hexactinellida: Lyssacinosida) is a rossellid, not a euplectellid. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. in press

The monospecific hexactinellid sponge genus Symplectella endemic to New Zealand waters was originally assigned to family Rossellidae within the order Lyssacinosida (subclass Hexasterophora), although affinities to family Euplectellidae were also noted. Seventy-eight years later, the genus was transferred to Euplectellidae (subfamily Corbitellinae) on rather subjective grounds. Here, I test these two competing taxonomic hypotheses with molecular phylogenetic methods and demonstrate that Symplectella rowi is indeed a rossellid, as was originally suggested. The genus is officially transferred back to Rossellidae (subfamily Rossellinae), which represents another small step towards a more natural classification system of glass sponges.

classification, Euplectellidae, Hexactinellida, integrative taxonomy, molecular phylogenetics,, Porifera, Rossellidae, Symplectella
Dohrmann, Martin
2015

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5282/ubm/data.62

This dataset published at "Open Data LMU" is made available under the "Open Database License (ODC-ODbL)" v1.0 whose full text can be found at: http://www.opendatacommons.org/licenses

Abstract

The monospecific hexactinellid sponge genus Symplectella endemic to New Zealand waters was originally assigned to family Rossellidae within the order Lyssacinosida (subclass Hexasterophora), although affinities to family Euplectellidae were also noted. Seventy-eight years later, the genus was transferred to Euplectellidae (subfamily Corbitellinae) on rather subjective grounds. Here, I test these two competing taxonomic hypotheses with molecular phylogenetic methods and demonstrate that Symplectella rowi is indeed a rossellid, as was originally suggested. The genus is officially transferred back to Rossellidae (subfamily Rossellinae), which represents another small step towards a more natural classification system of glass sponges.

Keywords

classification, Euplectellidae, Hexactinellida, integrative taxonomy, molecular phylogenetics,, Porifera, Rossellidae, Symplectella

Item Type:Data
Subjects:Faculty of Geosciences
Dewey Decimal Classification:600 Natural sciences and mathematics
600 Natural sciences and mathematics > 570 Life sciences
600 Natural sciences and mathematics > 590 Zoological sciences
ID Code:62
Deposited By: Dr. Martin Dohrmann
Deposited On:28. Nov 2014 16:52
Last Modified:29. May 2017 09:31

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