Convolutidae

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Convolutidae
Waminoa on Plerogyra.jpg
Flatworm-like Waminoa sp. on Plerogyra sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Xenacoelomorpha
Class: Acoela
Order: not assigned
Family: Convolutidae
Genera

Amphiscolops
Brachypea
Conaperta
Convoluta
Haplodiscus
Heterochaerus
Neochildia
Oligochoerus
Oxyposthia
Picola
Polychoerus
Stomatricha
Wulguru
Pseudoconvoluta?
Waminoa?

Convolutidae is a family of Acoela. It contains more than a third of all known acoel species.[1]

Systematics[edit]

Currently the family contains 13 genera, the type genus being Convoluta.[2]

The genus Waminoa appears, according to recent studies also belong to the family, or is at least closely related.[3]

Characteristics[edit]

The family Convolutidae includes acoels with a ventral mouth opening and a body-wall musculature composed both dorsally and ventrally by circular, longitudinal, and longitudinal crossover muscle fibers. The ventral body wall also has a group of U-shaped fibers.[1]

Most species are symbionts with algae.[1]

Species[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Hooge, M. D.; Tyler, S. (2005). "New tools for resolving phylogenies: a systematic revision of the Convolutidae (Acoelomorpha, Acoela)". Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research. 43 (2): 100–113. ISSN 0947-5745. doi:10.1111/j.1439-0469.2005.00301.x. 
  2. ^ Turbellarian taxonomic database, 2006.
  3. ^ Ogunlana, M. V.; Hooge, M. D.; Tekle, Y. I.; Benayahu, Y.; Barneah, O.; Tyler, Seth (2005). "Waminoa brickneri n. sp. (Acoela: Acoelomorpha) associated with corals in the Red Sea". Zootaxa. 1008: 1–11.