Journal article

ORDER within the chaos: Insights into phylogenetic relationships within the Anomura (Crustacea: Decapoda) from mitochondrial sequences and gene order rearrangements

Hua Tan Mun, Han Gan, Yin Lee, Stuart Linton, Frederic Grandjean, Marlise Bartholomei-Santos, Adam Miller, Christopher Austin

Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution | ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE | Published : 2018


The infraorder Anomura consists of a morphologically and ecologically heterogeneous group of decapod crustaceans, and has attracted interest from taxonomists for decades attempting to find some order out of the seemingly chaotic diversity within the group. Species-level diversity within the Anomura runs the gamut from the "hairy" spindly-legged yeti crab found in deep-sea hydrothermal vent environments to the largest known terrestrial invertebrate, the robust coconut or robber crab. Owing to a well-developed capacity for parallel evolution, as evidenced by the occurrence of multiple independent carcinization events, Anomura has long tested the patience and skill of both taxonomists attemptin..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Malaysia Tropical Medicine and Biology Platform. We are grateful to Joanne Taylor (Museum Victoria), Gavin Dally (Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory) and Sara Fratini (University of Florence) for making available samples used in this study. We would also like to thank Tin-Yam Chan (National Taiwan Ocean University), Sandro Santos (Universidade Federal de Santa Maria) and Olga Zimina (Arctic Megabenthos, for the provision of anomuran photos used in this paper.