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Marine PlanktonA practical guide to ecology, methodology, and taxonomy$
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Claudia Castellani and Martin Edwards

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199233267

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199233267.001.0001

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Echinodermata

Echinodermata

Chapter:
(p.562) Echinodermata
Source:
Marine Plankton
Author(s):

David V.P. Conway

Claudia Castellani

Eve C. Southward

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199233267.003.0034

This chapter describes the taxonomy of Echinodermata, a diverse group of organisms consisting systematically of five classes including sea stars (Asteroidea), brittle stars (Ophiuroidea), sea urchins (Echinoidea), sea cucumbers (Holothuroidea), and feather stars (Crinoidea). It covers their life cycle, ecology, and general morphology. It includes a section that indicates the systematic placement of the taxon described within the tree of life, and lists the key marine representative illustrated in the chapter (usually to genus or family level). This section also provides information on the taxonomic authorities responsible for the classification adopted, recent changes which might have occurred, and lists relevant taxonomic sources.

Keywords:   sea stars, brittle stars, sea urchins, sea cucumbers, feather stars, taxonomy, zooplankton, life cycle, ecology, morphology

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