Towards a standardisation of morphological measurements in the phylum Kinorhyncha

Alberto González-Casarrubios, Diego Cepeda, Fernando Pardos, Birger Neuhaus, Hiroshi Yamasaki, María Herranz, Katarzyna Grzelak, Anastassya Maiorova, Andrey Adrianov, Matteo Dal Zotto, Maikon Di Domenico, Stephen C. Landers, Nuria Sánchez

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Taxonomic studies of the phylum Kinorhyncha follow a standardised structure, which is extremely useful in many aspects, such as making it easier to read and compare the different species descriptions. Nevertheless, the morphological measurements methods, essential for formal description of species, may differ according to the authors. In the present contribution, we propose a standardised method of taking and representing the measurements, with the aim of obtaining comparable and repeatable morphometric results. Additionally, we propose an online repository to make the measurements accessible to all researchers in the same format, facilitating future comparisons and studies. Finally, a glossary that compiles and defines all the measurements that may be included in Kinorhyncha descriptions is presented.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)217-223
Number of pages7
JournalZoologischer Anzeiger
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Animal Science and Zoology


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