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However, the only species of Cnidaria included are from the subphylum Medusozoa, whose life cycle has a medusa, or jellyfish, phase," Marques explained. ABSTRACT: To investigate the evolution of cnidarian life cycles, data from the small subunit of the ribosome are used to derive a phylogenetic hypothesis for Medusozoa. An Overview of the Medusozoa from the Southwestern Atlantic. After all, typically it is the polyp that asexually produces the medusa. Animal Mitochondrial DNA as We Do Not Know It: mt-Genome Organization and Evolution in Nonbilaterian Lineages. This is only weak evidence, however, that a medusa is not in the ancestry of Anthozoa. Mitochondrial Genome of the Freshwater Jellyfish Craspedacusta sowerbyi and Phylogenetics of Medusozoa. Similar to anthozoans, the typical life cycle of medusozoans begins with the development of fertilized eggs into planulae, which in turn transform into polyps. Trachymedusans also lack asexual reproduction, which may have more to do with the loss of a polyp stage than with the gain of the holopelagic habit. Among the medusozoan taxa, both Cubozoa and Hydrozoa receive considerable support [bi=100 and bremer support indices (bsi)=82 and 71, respectively]. , with Description of New Species of Versuriga anadyomene, a newly recorded scyphozoan jellyfish (Scyphozoa: Rhizostomae) in Chinese waters. For one species, it has been shown that the polyps live in estuaries which are subject to annual rains and shifts in salinity that are beyond what the polyps can physiologically cope with (29,30). Adoption of conserved developmental genes in development and origin of the medusa body plan. Maintenance of a Protein Structure in the Dynamic Evolution of TIMPs over 600 Million Years. Perhaps the most remarkable of all polymorphic animals are the pelagic siphonophores. Comparative internal anatomy of Staurozoa (Cnidaria), with functional and evolutionary inferences. White Spotted Jellyfish. Cubopolyps do possess intramesogleal muscles, but they are not grouped together as four tubular muscles (16). These hypotheses are in line with 23) view that flotation preceded active swimming, but contradict 67), who argued that Cystonectae and Physonectae are more closely related to each other than either is to Calycophorae based on a lengthy list of similarities. Within Cnidaria, three of the four groups of cnidarians recognized as Linnaean classes appear to be well supported as monophyletic. Symmetry is tetramerous, with parts in fours or multiples of four. ; Octocorallia?) Ultrastructural study of the ovary of the sessile scyphozoan, Sexual reproduction, development and larval biology of scleractinian corals, The morphology and relations of the Siphonophora, BioEdit: a user‐friendly biological sequence alignment, ed. However, the SSU data presented here clearly contradict this hypothesis. Gastrulation and germ layer formation in the sea anemone Nematostella vectensis and other cnidarians. Because of this difference, he gave them a unique name, stolo‐prolifers. Actinulidae has been taxonomically grouped with Narcomedusae and Trachymedusae (as Automedusae) based on a number of developmental and morphological similarities (7). It is intriguing that the scyphozoan taxa do not appear to form a clade, but rather may be paraphyletic. Fluctuation and diversity of Hydromedusae (Hydrozoa, Cnidaria) in a highly productive region of the Gulf of Mexico inferred from high frequency plankton sampling. Scyphozoans generally have planula larvae that develop into sessile polyps. , Staurozoa is a small group commonly known as stalked jellyfish. 4). There are … 2, 11) at the same time. Therefore, within siphonophore evolution, the float appears to be an ancestral character (Fig. the host organism (31). Other cnidarian groups that lack a medusa and for which we can be more certain that a medusa is in their ancestry (e.g. Rhombozoa have a more complicated life cycle. Other potential indications of this phylogenetic alliance are that both groups have gamete masses on the manubrium (62) and stenotele nematocysts, although both characters are more broadly distributed. New records of two species of Cubozoa from Thailand. On the other hand, the advantage is nullified if the molecular sequences being sampled have not evolved at a rate that is appropriate for revealing the ages of the divergences being investigated. Trachymedusans either undergo direct development to the medusa form or have an ontogeny that includes a ciliated planula and tentacled form (actinuloid) between gastrula and medusa (7). Maximum parsimony searches with the Cnidaria‐only data set found 22 most parsimonious trees (strict consensus shown as Fig. In the MP topology, Stauromedusae is the sister to Cubozoa and the two taxa form the sister group of the remaining scyphozoans (Fig. During a phase called the nematogen phase, axoblast cells (also called agametes) give rise to wormlike individuals similar to their parents. Supplemental material including primer sequences, derived SSU sequences, the aligned BioEdit data set, and PAUP* data sets are publicly available at the archived data web pages of the University of California Museum of Palaeontology, www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/archdata/Collins‐Medusozoa/, as well as upon request. Scyphopolyps characteristically give rise to multiple juvenile medusae (ephyrae) by metamorphosis and transverse fission at their oral ends, a process termed strobilation. This stands in contrast to a claim that cnidarians are triploblastic and gave rise to coelomate bilaterians (5). However, in contrast with the MP topology, Stauromedusae is shown as the sister group to all other medusozoans, although support for the node joining the other medusozoans is weak (bi < 50). First description of the life cycle of the jellyfish Rhizostoma luteum (Scyphozoa: Rhizostomeae). In the ML topology, Stauromedusae represents the earliest diverging medusozoan group (Fig. Identifying a well‐supported hypothesis for the phylogenetic position of Siphonophorae within Hydroidolina would likely provide additional insights into the origin of their pelagic habit and many unique features. Within Hydrozoa, there are two main clades, Trachylina and Hydroidolina (sensu19), which are reasonably well supported (bi=95, bsi=16 and bi=89, bsi=9, respectively). Early Cambrian Pentamerous Cubozoan Embryos from South China. 4). The sampled limnomedusans and narcomedusans fall into monophyletic groups, whereas the sampled trachymedusans do not. 4). , Recognition of the Californian cubozoan population as a new species—. The optimal MP and ML trees (Figs 2 and 3) suggest two alternative hypotheses that have rather divergent evolutionary implications, as described below. nov. (Hydrozoa, Anthoathecata) from the Maldives and its phylogenetic position Medusa: A Review of an Ancient Cnidarian Body Form. Internal anatomy of Haliclystus antarcticus (Cnidaria, Staurozoa) with a discussion on histological features used in staurozoan taxonomy. Comparative muscle development of scyphozoan jellyfish with simple and complex life cycles. Life in Changing Fluids: A Critical Appraisal of Swimming Animals Before the Cambrian. Active areas of research include the basis of venom evolution and diversification [2–4], mechanisms of independent evolution of image-forming vision (lens eyes) [5–7], and the emergence of a pelagic adult stage within a biphasic (or multiphasic) life cycle . One could however, use the word polyp for any polyp‐like form that either is or gives rise to the adult stage in Cnidaria without implying homology. Working off-campus? Therefore, characters uniquely shared by trachymedusans were most likely gained in an ancestor (i.e. Some of the most fascinating and outstanding mysteries related to the genomic underpinnings of metazoan biology are centered around cnidarians . Length=15113; CI=0.286; RI=0.733; RC=0.210. Bremer indices (10) were calculated to evaluate the strength of support for nodes present in the MP trees. Global Diversity and Review of Siphonophorae (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa). A review of the global diversity and natural history of stalked jellyfishes (Cnidaria, Staurozoa). This allows, and in fact necessitates, that hypotheses of the monophyly of supraspecific taxa are tested when more than one individual of any given group are included in an analysis. Life cycle The monomorphic polyps of Hydractinia uniformis, sp. Despite lacking nearly all distinguishing animal characteristics, given that each life cycle stage consists of no more than a few cells, molecular phylogenetic studies have revealed that myxozoans belong to the … Anthozoa Medusozoa O c otcora ll Hexacorallia ia S ta u roz oa Cubozoa Scyphozoa Hydrozoa Anthozoa Medusozoa Hexacorallia Ocotcorallia Scyphozoa Hydrozoa AB Figure 1 Alternative hypotheses of the cnidarian tree of life. ), suggesting that SSU may be suitable for revealing phylogenetic relationships among medusozoan cnidarians. 4). 3). Cubozoans have planula larvae, which settle and develop into sessile polyps, which subsequently metamorphose into sexual medusae, the oral end of each polyp changing into a medusa which separates and swims away. The former two groups are often classified together as Anthomedusae, but no known synapomorphies exist for the group (62) and its existence is neither supported nor contradicted by SSU data. 4). 4). Coronates and semaeostomes both undergo polydisk strobilation, meaning that multiple incipient ephyrae develop one on top of the next. Re-description of Chrysaora pacifica (Goette, 1886) (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa) from Korean Coastal Waters: Morphology and Molecular Comparisons. Cambroctoconus These sequences are highly diverged from those of the cnidarian sequences generated here and have been difficult to place phylogenetically (37). Medusozoans differ from anthozoans in having a medusa stage in their life cycle. The cellular and molecular basis of cnidarian neurogenesis. The cnidae, the explosive cells of the Cnidaria, are of a single type. The scyphozoan life cycle varies from order to order. Score=–15 595.976. Lifecycle of a jellyfish: The lifecycle of a jellyfish includes two stages: the medusa stage and the polyp stage. , Medusozoa includes the classes Staurozoa, Cubozoa, Scyphozoa and Hydrozoa, but the relationships between these are unclear. Regulation of Polyp-to-Jellyfish Transition in Aurelia aurita. These three groups uniquely share lappets in adult medusae and distinctive juvenile medusae (ephyrae), which are produced by the process of strobilation, i.e. Alternatively, they suggest that the narcopolyp and the process of metamorphosis from narcopolyp to medusa are uniquely evolved within Narcomedusae, presumably in concert with the assumption of a parasitic habit, a conclusion also derived from comparative anatomy (7). Long-Term Fluctuations in Circalunar Beach Aggregations of the Box Jellyfish Alatina moseri in Hawaii, with Links to Environmental Variability. Plankton Ecology of the Southwestern Atlantic. Evolution of the claustrum in Cnidaria: comparative anatomy reveals that it is exclusive to some species of Staurozoa and absent in Cubozoa. Divergent evolution of medusozoan symmetric patterns: Evidence from the microanatomy of Cambrian tetramerous cubozoans from South China. Two bootstrap analyses (200 replicate searches) under maximum parsimony (MP) and minimum evolution (ME) criteria were carried out using the broad data set. Among these morphologies several different species are available. Draft genomes from diverse jellyfish (Cnidaria, Acraspeda) lineages: Alatina alata (Cubozoa), Calvadosia cruxmelitensis (Staurozoa), and Cassiopea xamachana (Scyphozoa). Exploring the potential of small RNA subunit and ITS sequences for resolving phylogenetic relationships within the phylum Ctenophora. Nine additional steps are required to accommodate a monophyletic grouping of the scyphozoan taxa. For some species, the polyp stage is relatively ephemeral. Knowing the phylogenetic positions of Actinulidae and Laingiomedusae among the other hydrozoan groups would enhance our understanding of the evolution of trachyline life cycles that is discussed below. Phylogenetic analysis of higher-level relationships within Hydroidolina (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) using mitochondrial genome data and insight into their mitochondrial transcription. 45) noted that open‐ocean medusae with benthic stages in their life cycles do sometimes reproduce asexually by several types of fission or medusa‐budding. A case of nascent speciation: unique polymorphism of gonophores within hydrozoan Sarsia lovenii. In medusozoans, the polyp stage of the life cycle reproduces both sexually and asexually, while in anthozoans, the polyp stage only reproduces asexually. Protective shelf-like structures, called bracts, are formed by a fifth kind of zoid. A logical extension of the work presented here would be to include conulariids, and perhaps other fossil groups exhibiting four‐fold symmetry, in a cladistic analysis of both molecular and morphological characters. A second Cnidaria‐only data set, composed of 1768 nucleotide characters for the 74 cnidarian taxa, was used to investigate phylogenetic questions within Medusozoa. This work would not have been possible without the help of L. Gershwin who shared an excellent literature collection and numerous tissue samples. A motile planula stage usually exists in the cnidarian life cycle between gastrulation and polyp. Their mitochondrial DNA molecules are linear rather than circular as in anthozoans and almost all other animals. Crambionella stuhlmanni . Later, the oral end of the polyp metamorphoses (69; 36) takes on a number of characters that resemble those in adult medusae of other scyphozoans and cubozoans, e.g. Disc-shaped fossils resembling porpitids or eldonids from the early Cambrian (Series 2: Stage 4) of western USA. Tentacle Transcriptome and Venom Proteome of the Pacific Sea Nettle, Chrysaora fuscescens (Cnidaria: Scyphozoa). Instead, scyphozoans appear to be paraphyletic with respect to Cubozoa (Fig. Gastrovascular cavity. Rhombozoans have an even more complex life cycle. Anthozoan ontogeny is most straight forward, involving a planula, settlement, and growth into a sessile polyp, which is the adult stage. However, there is no positive evidence for this hypothesis. The MP and ML topologies suggest that production of the medusa by metamorphosis at the oral end of the polyp is a character in the ancestry of Scyphozoa plus Cubozoa or Medusozoa, respectively (Fig. Maximum likelihood (ML) tree of 64 medusozoans plus 10 anthozoans as outgroups, assuming a general‐time‐reversible model of nucleotide evolution with rate heterogeneity. Characterization of Small HSPs from Anemonia viridis Reveals Insights into Molecular Evolution of Alpha Crystallin Genes among Cnidarians. Myxozoa represents a diverse group of microscopic endoparasites whose life cycle involves two hosts: a vertebrate (usually a fish) and an invertebrate (usually an annelid worm). Scyphopolyps characteristically give rise to multiple juvenile medusae (ephyrae) by metamorphosis and transverse fission at their oral ends, a process termed strobilation. The strict consensus of these trees (Fig. In both cases, characters were excluded if there was little confidence that the positions were homologous across the taxa being considered. If the MP topology is correct, then the last common ancestor of scyphozoans and cubozoans probably possessed these characters (Fig. The mitochondrial DNA molecules are linear rather than circular as in anthozoans and almost all other animals. These spawn gametes which develop into non-swimming planulae that crawl away to new locations. This is University of California Museum of Palaeontology publication number 1765. The model of nucleotide evolution was obtained by Modeltest (55), which employs the likelihood ratio test to determine the model of evolution that best fits provided sequence data. Apparently, these characters are plesiomorphic for Siphonophorae and lost in Calycophorae. On the other hand, the SSU data presented here do suggest that strobilation is a derived feature of Coronatae plus Semaeostomae plus Rhizostomae (Fig. Structural and Developmental Disparity in the Tentacles of the Moon Jellyfish Aurelia sp.1. Rho Family of Ras-Like GTPases in Early-Branching Animals. Marine Organisms as Model Systems in Biology and Medicine. Identifying the sister group of Hydridae is a necessary starting point for understanding its lack of medusa and its transition to fresh water. These data indicate that Cnidaria is monophyletic and composed of Anthozoa and Medusozoa. 11) and medusae (up to 2) (fig. Perhaps comparative molecular developmental data from a diverse set of cnidarians may eventually resolve this primary issue in Cnidarian evolution, which has been debated for well over a century (13). Herein, I investigate the strength of phylogenetic hypotheses suggested by complete SSU sequences from 74 cnidarians, and discuss the implications of these hypotheses for testing and generating conjectures regarding the evolution of cnidarian life cycles. Coronatae appears as the sister group to species of Rhizostomae and Semaeostomae, which are united with high support (bi=100, bsi=50). 4. 4). All medusozoans and anthozoans produce planula larvae that are capable of feeding. To this end, I have generated complete Many hydrozoans possess planulae, polyps and medusae. 1) shows Cnidaria to be a strongly supported clade. Learn about our remote access options, Museum of Palaeontology, Department of Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA. Analysis of complete SSU sequences for hydrozoans yielded results that are remarkably congruent with hydrozoan taxonomy (19) and cladistic analyses of morphological data (Marques, pers. They found that Ctenophora plus Bilateria is significantly less likely than Cnidaria plus Bilateria, given the combined SSU and LSU data, although this result was largely driven by the SSU, rather than the LSU, data (42). Monodisc strobilation in Japanese giant box jellyfish Morbakka virulenta (Kishinouye, 1910): a strong implication of phylogenetic similarity between Cubozoa and Scyphozoa. The medusae are gonochoric. 4). The present analysis suggests that cystonect siphonophores (Physalia) hold a basal position within Siphonophorae and that the physonects (Nanomia bijuga and Physophora hydrostatica) gave rise to the calycophores (Figs 2 and 3). Tissue samples were either fresh, preserved in 75–95% ethanol, or frozen (–80°). A, ciliated/flagellated planula; B, benthic polyp; C, feeding planula (only in some members of Anthozoa); D, medusa; E, development of medusa through the entocodon and subsequent liberation by lateral budding from polyp; F, loss of polyp form; G, gain of benthic polyp form that gives rise to a single medusa by metamorphosis (only in some members of Narcomedusae); H, polymorphic zooids in benthic colonies of polyps (only in some members of Hydroidolina); I, float in pelagic colonies; J, swimming bell(s); K, loss of float; L, ephyrae; M, polydisk strobilation; N, monodisk strobilation; O, gastric septa in polyp; P, four intramesogleal longitudinal muscles associated with peristomial pits in polyp; Q, simplification of polyp/loss of gastric septa and four longitudinal muscles associated with peristomial pits; R, medusa not liberated/loss of transverse fission; S, metamorphosis at oral end of polyp produces adult medusa; T, medusa is liberated from polyp by transverse fission; and U, polyp ephemeral/does not persist after single medusa production. This research was supported by NSF EAR‐9814845 to J. W. Valentine and J. H. Lipps. Bootstrap indices under maximum parsimony and minimum evolution criteria are shown at each node (MP/ME); `<' denotes a bootstrap value of less than 50. Hydrozoans exhibit the greatest variety of life cycles among medusozoans, with either the polyp or the medusa stage being missing in some groups. Within Trachylina, Limnomedusae is shown as the sister of Trachymedusae plus Narcomedusae. A list of several extraordinary examples of life cycle evolution is provided by 4) who also make a call for increased documentation of cnidarian life cycles, which are generally poorly known. Scale bar denotes 0.1 nucleotide substitutions per site. Comparison of the statolith structures of Chironex fleckeri (Cnidaria, Cubozoa) and Periphylla periphylla (Cnidaria, Scyphozoa): a phylogenetic approach, https://doi.org/10.1046/j.1420-9101.2002.00403.x, www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/archdata/Collins‐Medusozoa/. Scyphozoans generally have a life cycle that includes planulae that develop into sessile polyps. It is unclear if a feeding planula arose one or more times in Cnidaria. One advantage of phylogenetic analyses of speciose groups based on molecular sequences rather than morphological data is that individuals rather than supraspecific taxa are sampled. Within Medusozoa, Hydrozoa and Cubozoa are strongly supported as monophyletic. Feeding by Pseudocalanus copepods in the Bering Sea: Trophic linkages and a potential mechanism of niche partitioning. "Phylogenetic placement of the enigmatic parasite, "Phylogeny of Medusozoa and the evolution of cnidarian life cycles", "Evolution of Linear Mitochondrial Genomes in Medusozoan Cnidarians", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Medusozoa&oldid=997986553, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 3 January 2021, at 05:41. Learn more. The basic pattern is medusa (usually the adult or sexual phase), planula larva, polyp, medusa. , The affinities of the class Polypodiozoa, containing the single species Polypodium hydriforme, have long been unclear. Phylogenomics provides a robust topology of the major cnidarian lineages and insights on the origins of key organismal traits. 4). Medusozoans are distinguished by having a medusa stage in their often complex life cycle, a medusa typically being an umbrella-shaped body with stinging tentacles around the edge. After creeping, the larva settles and develops into a juvenile polyp. Definition of medusozoa in the Definitions.net dictionary. Comparison of the Inducing Effect of Indole Compounds on Medusa Formation in Different Classes of Medusozoa. In contrast, taxa classified as Scyphozoa may not form a clade. Despite this diversity, these relatively simple metazoans are united in possessing nematocysts, most probably as a result of common ancestry. Please check your email for instructions on resetting your password. Resolution of this important question in metazoan phylogeny awaits further data and analyses. 3). Medusozoans differ from anthozoans in having a medusa stage in their life cycle. In general, nodes that are well supported in one analysis are also well supported in the other. Searches for optimal ML topologies were not possible with the broad data set because of computational limitations. The anatomy and development of rhizostome medusa, Studies on the Stauromedusae and Cubomedusae, with special reference to their metamorphosis, Problematical fossil cnidarians from the upper Ordovician of the north‐central USA, New investigations on systematics and evolution of the class Scyphozoa and the phylum Cnidaria. The hypothesized trend is presumably driven by the greater ecological difficulties faced by medusae, being top predators, than those faced by benthic colonies. However, medusozoan polyps can produce medusae as well as polyps by asexual reproduction. Indeed, active swimming has evolved within Anthozoa, at least three separate times in Actiniaria (true anemones), as well as in Ceriantharia (tube anemones), which have a long‐lived pelagic larval stage (57). More usual among leptomedusan and anthomedusan species, however, is a de‐emphasis of the medusa stage. The tube‐shaped fossil conulariids with four‐fold symmetry may also have been part of the phylogenetic alliance delineated by these characters. Development of Copula sivickisi (Stiasny, 1926) (Cnidaria: Cubozoa: Carybdeidae: Tripedaliidae) collected from the Ryukyu Archipelago, southern Japan. Morphology, distribution, and evolution of apical structure of nematocysts in hexacorallia. from the Cambrian (Series 2–3) of Laurentia The bell is almost flat when relaxed and C-type microbasic mastigophore nematocysts form a cluster at the tip of the tentacles. Since the most basal group of the trachylines sampled here, Limnomedusae, has a life cycle most like that of other hydrozoans, consisting of a planula that develops into a benthic polyp and a medusa that develops via the entocodon, this life cycle is probably plesiomorphic for Trachylina (Fig. Loss of metagenesis and evolution of a parasitic life style in a group of open-ocean jellyfish. 3) topology is accurate, then the ancestral medusozoan is likely to have had a polyp with gastric septa and four longitudinal muscle fibres that ran through the mesoglea and connected the peristomial pits to the base of the polyp (Fig. Back Through Time: How Cnidarians and Basal Metazoans Shed Light on Ancient Nervous Systems. Cnidaria encompasses 3 major clades: Anthozoa, Endocnidozoa, and Medusozoa [9–12]. Circular coronal muscles, but are in preparation for publication elsewhere and semaeostomes both undergo strobilation. 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