Placozoa - No longer a phylum of one [1]

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More than a century ago, the simplest of all metazoans was discovered and described as Trichoplax adhaerens[1]. These tiny, flattened animals lack symmetry, mouth, gut, nervous system, and extra-cellular matrix and constitute the apparently monotypic phylum Placozoa. Placozoans diverged early in metazoan history [2–7], making them important organisms for evolutionary research [2,3,8]. Placozoans can be found in warm, shallow, marine environments around the world [9] and all observed individuals fit the general morphological description of T. adhaerens. Our analyses, however, show that the phylum Placozoa is significantly more diverse than previously thought.

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Voigt, O., Collins, A. G., Pearse, V. B., Pearse, J. S., Ender, A., Hadrys, H., & Schierwater, B. (2004, November 23). Placozoa - No longer a phylum of one [1]. Current Biology. Cell Press. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2004.10.036

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