Prospects & Overviews
Of mites and millipedes: Recent progress in resolving the base of the arthropod tree
Article first published online: 18 MAY 2010
Copyright © 2010 WILEY Periodicals, Inc.
Volume 32, Issue 6, pages 488–495, June 2010
How to Cite
Caravas, J. and Friedrich, M. (2010), Of mites and millipedes: Recent progress in resolving the base of the arthropod tree. Bioessays, 32: 488–495. doi: 10.1002/bies.201000005
- Issue published online: 18 MAY 2010
- Article first published online: 18 MAY 2010
- arthropod phylogeny;
- molecular phylogenetic tree reconstruction;
Deep-level arthropod phylogeny has been in a state of upheaval ever since the emergence of molecular tree reconstruction approaches. While a consensus has settled in that hexapods are more closely related to crustaceans than to myriapods, the phylogenetic position of the latter has remained a matter of debate. Mitochondrial, nuclear, and genome-scale studies have proposed rejecting the long-standing superclade Mandibulata, which unites myriapods with insects and crustaceans, in favor of a clade that unites myriapods with chelicerates and has become known as Paradoxapoda or Myriochelata. Here we discuss the progress, problems, and prospects of arriving at the final arthropod tree.