This is the third and final volume of the Keys to the Trematoda, a series on the systematics and identification of the Class Trematoda. It covers five superfamilies . Review. The third and final volume of a series on the systematics and identification of the platyhelminth class Trematoda Rudolphi, Keys to the Trematoda Volume 1. This book, in three volumes, presents a detailed revision of the systematics and taxonomy of the platyhelminth class.
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Keys to the Trematoda. The third and final volume of a series on the systematics and identification of the platyhelminth class Trematoda Rudolphi,perhaps one of the most important taxonomy endeavours of this century, is now available.
As in the previous volumes, the core of the book 59 chapters covering genera provides taxonomic background which invariably represents top-class discussion based on extensive knowledge of the history of the group and of go literature, familial diagnoses, keys and diagnoses to the genera and subfamilies where applicable.
A further five chapters give short introductions and diagnoses of the superfamilies, and keys to families. Finally, the volume includes a linking key to all superfamilies of the Digenea with a reference to the volume of the series where treated grematoda detail, and a separate chapter comprising diagnoses of 18 genera incertae sedis in the superfamily Plagiorchioidea sensu latolists of digenean generic names genera inquirendalarval names and nomina nuda not used in the three volumes of keys and a list of the new genera erected after the publication of the first two volumes of the series.
The third volume thus provides completeness to this encyclopaedic work. The text is admirably referenced and remarkably free from typographical errors.
The novelty of this volume lies in the greater effort put towards reaching an agreement between morphological thee molecular taxonomy of the Digenea. This, although leading to problems with key construction based on adult morphology alone, is a step towards a natural system of the plagiorchiidans and a sound basis for future molecular studies addressing phylogenetic relationships at the suprageneric level.
All chapters are written by a team of international experts, 18 leading scientists from Australia D. PearsonBrazil C. SantosCzech Republic T. ScholzFrance S. DeblockIndia R. MadhaviPoland T. PozdnyakovUK R. Jonesand USA R.
As in the previous volumes a profound editorial effort has brought coherence to the book although some authors use additional taxonomic categories supersubfamily, tribe or diagrammatic representation of the genera. Another ‘deviation’ considered by some authors is a description of the characters used in diagnosing genera which I find very useful especially because it is associated with difficult families such as the Cryptogonimidae Ward,Microphallidae Ward, and Didymozoidae Monticelli, The authors have presented novel concepts for the taxonomy of the groups covered often in conjunction with molecular evidence and all chapters are, therefore, original.
The style of the illustrations differs but line drawings are clear in spite of the reduction though some dicrocoeliid figures are too small and aid in the portrayal of generic features.
This book represents the most important contribution to the systematics and identification of the taxa covered and, together with the previous two volumes, will serve as essential unique source of biodiversity information well into the 21st Century. The volume is essential for taxonomists and the comprehensive keys will be valuable for parasitologists, both experts and novices, who study the diversity of parasites thr wild-life vertebrates.
It also includes groups of veterinary and medical significance such as the Dicrocoeliidae and Opisthorchiidae thus having direct relevance to human and veterinary parasitologists. No doubt this long awaited volume will join the first two in the libraries of schools of biological, medical and veterinary sciences and parasitology research laboratories. I congratulate the editors and authors and recommend it highly. National Center for Biotechnology InformationU.
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Received Jan 26; Accepted Jan Review The third and tk volume of a series on the systematics and identification of the platyhelminth class Trematoda Rudolphi,perhaps one of the most important taxonomy endeavours of this century, is now available. Competing interests The author has contributed to a previous volume in this series. Support Center Support Center.