Data from: Reverse taxonomy applied to the Brachionus calyciflorus cryptic species complex: morphometric analysis confirms species delimitations revealed by molecular phylogenetic analysis and allows the (re)description of four species

  • Evangelia Michaloudi (Maker)
  • S. Papakostas (Maker)
  • Georgia Stamou (Maker)
  • V Nedela (Maker)
  • E Tihlarikova (Maker)
  • Wei Zhang (Maker)
  • Steven A.J. Declerck (Maker)



The discovery and exploration of cryptic species have been profoundly expedited thanks to developments in molecular biology and phylogenetics. In this study, we apply a reverse taxonomy approach to the Brachionus calyciflorus species complex, a commonly studied freshwater monogonont rotifer. By combining phylogenetic, morphometric and morphological analyses, we confirm the existence of four cryptic species that have been recently suggested by a molecular study. Based on these results and according to an exhaustive review of the taxonomic literature, we name each of these four species and provide their taxonomic description alongside a diagnostic key.
Datum van beschikbaarheid24 sep. 2018

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  • Verwerkte data

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