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A Flatworm from the Genus Waminoa (Acoela: Convolutidae) Associated with Bleached Corals in Western Australia

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dc.contributor Australian Institute Of Marine Science
dc.contributor Ctr Microscopy Characterisat & Anal
dc.contributor University Of Western Australia
dc.contributor Univ Western Australia
dc.contributor Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation (csiro)
dc.contributor Australian Inst Marine Sci
dc.contributor Oceans Inst
dc.contributor Csiro Marine & Atmospher Res STAT, MICHAEL COOPER, CRYSTAL CLODE, PETA L. THOMSON, DAMIAN P. 2017-03-21T01:07:22Z 2017-03-21T01:07:22Z 2016-09-06T03:44:58Z 2019-05-09T01:23:27Z 2016-09-06T03:44:58Z 2016-09-06T03:44:58Z 2017-03-21T01:07:22Z 2019-05-09T01:23:27Z 2015-10-01
dc.identifier.citation Cooper C, Clode PL, Thomson DP, Stat M (2015) A flatworm from the genus Waminoa (Acoela: Convolutidae) associated with bleached corals in Western Australia. Zoological Science 32(5): 465-473 en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0289-0003
dc.description.abstract A flatworm isolated from bleached colonies of the coral Coscinaraea marshae at Rottnest Island, Western Australia, is described using a combination of morphological and molecular systematics. This flatworm shares morphological features characteristic of the genus Waminoa (Acoelomorpha: Acoela), including the presence of two algal symbionts, but appears to have genital regions different from those of other described species of Waminoa. The design of new oligonucleotide primers enabled the amplification of partial 18S rDNA of the Rottnest Island acoel specimens, and phylogenetic analysis positioned them within Waminoa, confirming their placement in the genus. Furthermore, Waminoa specimens from Rottnest Island grouped into a sister clade to Waminoa brickneri, indicating that the morphological and genetic differences observed are most likely intraspecific and due to geographic variation. As such, we name these Rottnest Island specimens W. cf. brickneri, but highlight that key differences warrant further exploration before assignment to this species can be confirmed. This is the first acoel flatworm described from Western Australia and contributes to our understanding of the diversity and evolutionary relationship of the Acoela.
dc.description.sponsorship The authors thank Russ Babcock, Fiona Graham and Doug Bearham from the CSIRO. The authors acknowledge the facilities, and the scientific and technical assistance of the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility at the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis (CMCA), the University of Western Australia, a facility funded by the University, State and Commonwealth Governments. This research was supported in part by a UWA/AIMS/CSIRO Fellowship to MS.
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dc.language English
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher BioOne en_US
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dc.subject Evolution
dc.subject Convolutidae
dc.subject Platyhelminthes
dc.subject Eilat Red-sea
dc.subject Symbionts
dc.subject Worms
dc.subject Zoology
dc.subject Phylogeny
dc.subject Acoela
dc.subject 18s Rdna
dc.subject Systematics
dc.subject Waminoa
dc.subject Biodiversity
dc.subject Morphology
dc.subject Acoelomorph Flatworms
dc.title A Flatworm from the Genus Waminoa (Acoela: Convolutidae) Associated with Bleached Corals in Western Australia
dc.type journal article en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.2108/zs140245
dc.identifier.wos WOS:000361955400008

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