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World-wide taxic diversity and evolution of planarians

This team want to increase our knowledge on the world-wide taxic diversity and evolution of freshwater, marine and terrestrial planarians (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida).

These animals may be good model organisms to study terrestrialization during evolution. The terrestrialization of animal life from marine or freshwater ancestors is a key transition during the history of life. Planarian flatworms (Platyhelminthes, Tricladida) form an ideal group of model organisms to study this colonization of the land because they have freshwater, marine and terrestrial representatives. The methodology used concerns an integrative approach to taxonomy, systematics and phylogenetics, mostly combining morphology and anatomy with molecular characters.