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Free Content Early Ontogeny and Systematics of Bothidae, Pleuronectoidei

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Of the 20 bothid genera, larvae of the following 16 genera are presently known: Taeniopsettinae, (1) Taeniopsetta, (2) Engyophrys, (3) Trichopsetta; Bothinae, (4) Parabothus, (5) Tosarhombus, (6) Crossorhombus, (7) Engyprosopon, (8) Bothus, (9) Grammatobothus, (10) Asterorhombus, (11) Psettina, (12) Lophonectes, (13) Arnoglossus, (14) Monolene, (15) Laeops, (16) Chascanopsetta. This study reviews the early ontogeny and systematics of bothids of the world. A cladistic analysis of 16 characters results in 25 equally parsimonious trees. A strict consensus tree for these 25 trees is shown. It has resolved two monophyletic groups and unresolved polytomy at basal nodes. The two monophyletic groups indicate that (1) Asterorhombus and Engyprosopon except sp.2 of the subfamily Bothinae are sister group for the subfamily Taeniopsettinae, (2) Arnoglossus and Engyprosopon is not monophyletic, and (3) Taeniopsetta, Engyophrys, and Trichopsetta of the subfamily Taeniopsettinae are monophyletic.

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Publication date: 1997-01-01

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