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Phylogenetics reveals the crustacean order Amphionidacea to be larval shrimps (Decapoda: Caridea)
De Grave, S.; Chan, T.-Y.; Hou Chu, K.; Yang, C.-H.; Landeira, J.M. (2015). Phylogenetics reveals the crustacean order Amphionidacea to be larval shrimps (Decapoda: Caridea). NPG Scientific Reports 5(17464): 8.
In: Scientific Reports (Nature Publishing Group). Nature Publishing Group: London. ISSN 2045-2322, more
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    Amphionidacea [WoRMS]; Amphionides reynaudii (H. Milne Edwards, 1833) [WoRMS]; Marine

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  • De Grave, S., more
  • Chan, T.-Y., more
  • Hou Chu, K.
  • Yang, C.-H.
  • Landeira, J.M.

    e present evidence that the single representative of the crustacean order Amphionidacea is a decapod shrimp and not a distinct order. After reviewing available morphological evidence, it is concluded that Amphionides is a larval form, but with an as yet unknown parentage. Although the most likely adult form is in the family Pandalidae, the limited molecular data available cannot fully resolve its affinity. We therefore propose to treat Amphionides reynaudii as incertae sedis within Caridea, rather than a separate family. In view of the large scale, tropical and subtropical distribution of the taxon, the possibility is discussed that Amphionides is more likely to be a composite taxon at generic level, rather than larvae of a single shrimp species.

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