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Ph.D. Thesis

"Anatomy, Histology and Miniaturization of Skeneimorph Gastropods"

For a long period the family Skeneidae has been known as a probably polyphyletic microgastropod assemblage (“skeneimorphs"), being based on resemblance of the characters of radula (rhipidoglossate), shell (e.g. helicoids, lack of nacre) and outer soft-part morphology. Due to recent methodological progress such as plastic embedding, semi-thin sectioning combined with computer-aided 3D reconstructions allow us to figure out the complete anatomy and histology of the soft-parts and get so some new, useful characters. This project is in cooperation with Dr. Anders Warén, financed by a grant from the German Daimler-Benz foundation.