[Taxacom] Animalia or Metazoa?

Curtis Clark jcclark-lists at earthlink.net
Thu Jul 23 21:53:25 CDT 2009

On 2009-07-23 14:08, Stephen Thorpe wrote:
> Should the clade (kingdom) that results from the subtraction of the  
> Protozoa from the old "Animalia" still be called Animalia, or Metazoa?

Depends on what are included in "Protozoa". I have for decades thought 
of the Metazoa as being synonymous with the blastulates (thus excluding 
the sponges, which I guess turn out to be paraphyletic). I'd hate to see 
it substantially redefined, since it would make a lot of the older 
literature confusing.

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