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A Review on Taxonomy of Phylum Kinorhyncha

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Abstract: Kinorhyncha is exclusively marine,holobenthic, free-living, meiofaunal species found in all marine habitats inthe world. However, information on geographical distribution and taxonomicaldistributional status of Kinorhyncha are needed further understanding. Thisresearch article presents a compiled, up-to-date checklist of the PhylumKinorhyncha based on bibliographical survey and revision of taxon names.Present checklist of this phylum comprises 271 species belonging to 30 generaand 13 families. The families are distributed under three orders, EchinorhagataSorensen et al. 2015, Kentrorhagata Sorensen et al. 2015, Xenosomata Zelinka,1907. Among the 271 valid species, in the last five years 82 new speciesemerged, two new orders and three families were described. It also includesnine new genera. This checklist could serve as a valuable tool to encouragecomparison of inter and intraregional research on Kinorhyncha as well as itcan be used as baseline data for future taxonomical revision.

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