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Special Issue "Systematics and Evolution of Gastropods"
A special issue of Diversity (ISSN 1424-2818). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Diversity".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 April 2023) | Viewed by 14588
Special Issue Editors
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Interests: morphology; ecology; DNA-taxonomy; phylogeny and biogeography; marine ecology; Mollusca; environmental science, biological science
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Interests: molecular ecology; taxonomy; systematic; evolution; integrative taxonomy; Mollusca; DNA barcoding; phylogeny; environmental science; biological science
Special Issue Information
Gastropoda is unquestionably one of the most diverse groups of animals, distributed worldwide and adapted to nearly every ecosystem, from terrestrial mountains to the ocean depths and freshwater habitats, from polar to tropical areas. This class shows the most diverse radiation of the phylum Mollusca, with approximately 70,000 described living species—nearly 75% of the total species of the Mollusca. Gastropods are characterized by high heterogeneity in terms of morphology and function, most of them having a shell as their main characteristic feature, and with some specialized groups that have reduced or completely lost this shell in the adult stage during their evolution.
In recent decades, the increasingly used methods of molecular analysis have made it possible to better understand and reconstruct the evolutionary history of many groups. In fact, thanks to advanced integrative systematic analyses, several cryptic or new species have been unveiled and described, and incorrect morphological interpretations made in the past have been molecularly investigated and resolved. Anyway, although many technological improvements in molecular biology have been made, the evolutionary history of some groups of gastropods remains only partially resolved.
For this reason, the goal of this Special Issue is to advance our current understanding and knowledge of the systematics and evolution of this complicated and attractive group of molluscs, through publishing original articles investigating the taxonomy, systematics, phylogeny and evolution of any group of Gastropoda at different taxonomic levels.
We look forward to your contributions.
Dr. Giulia Furfaro
Prof. Dr. Paolo Mariottini
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